But, Louisiana is famous not only by THAT.
If you remember, Louisiana is also famous by the fact that government went after monks who tried to provide cheap coffins to increasingly indigent population after Hurricane Katrina - to help the monks' competitors in the coffin business, the local funeral directors.
That was not too corrupt, I guess.
The State of Louisiana has a lot of money to pay:
- to corrupt judges, so that they would continue in their corrupt ways and corrupt more people around them;
- to disciplinary boards going after whistleblower attorneys who expose corrupt judges (or, the state of Louisiana makes those attorneys, victims of unconstitutional persecution, to pay for being prosecuted, as they did with Christine Mire). Reminds me of reported bills for bullets that Nazis sent to the families of those executed by firing squads.
- to corrupt disciplinary boards who prevent cheap services from being provided to the state residents even at the time and aftermath of epically catastrophic events;
What the state of Louisiana does not have money is, predictably, money for indigent criminal defense.
After all, criminal defendants are poor, predominantly non-white, they cannot wine-and-dine judges, or fly them to hunting ranches.
So, indigent criminal defendants get stuck with Louisiana public defenders who, according tot themselves, now that they are sued for TURNING DOWN CLIENTS, actually want to be sued.
Because they want to show in court that it is equally, if not more unconstitutional to pretend to represent a client when you know you have no resources or time to do it diligently and effectively, than to decline such representation entirely.
So, will Louisiana find money for indigent criminal defense?
Maybe, it should cut judicial salaries?
Just a little bit?
They have all expense trips anyway, they are wined and dined at the expense of litigants and attorneys anyway, they will survive.