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Chief Justice Harold Melton (from left) and Justices Charlie Bethel and Nels Peterson. (Photos: John Disney/ALM) Chief Justice Harold Melton (from left) and Justices Charlie Bethel and Nels Peterson, Supreme Court of Georgia. (Photos: John Disney/ALM)

It comes down to a contract.

That’s what the Georgia Supreme Court said Monday on the question of whether the state has to fund expert witnesses and other expenses for private attorneys who take on a murder case for free.

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Katheryn Tucker

Katheryn Hayes Tucker is an Atlanta-based reporter covering legal news for the Daily Report and other ALM publications.

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