Arguing that his team is outmanned by prosecutors and has been “pilloried” by the press and state legislators, the lead attorney for accused Fulton County Courthouse shooter Brian G. Nichols on Monday said that the state’s unwillingness to provide adequate funding “has crippled our ability to have a fair trial.”

North Carolina attorney Henderson Hill told Judge Hilton M. Fuller Jr. that political pressure and media coverage of the high-profile case have presented a skewed picture of a defense team “spending money like a drunken sailor on leave.”