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Editor:

This is regarding a tax for lawyers or a tax on lawyers.

So last month, I brought to the attention of the few members of the Board of Supervisors a letter to the editor I wrote over a decade ago about the flawed public defender's program.

Once again, it seems wrong that the government pays for both prosecution and defense of anybody, much less the less fortunate. Real life is not a TV sitcom, and the cozy relationship that develops over time is pretty hard to conceal. Perhaps what is needed is something more like the European model where the judge does much more in developing cases.

I have been following, perhaps too closely, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in New York City and in round numbers the haul in legal fees so far has been counted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

So it seems to me that a general tax would be appropriate on the bar association and its many, many wealthy members. In addition, I would like to know how the $100,000 salary got into the resolution. I don't recall any figure of money at the public hearing?

William Kuntz III, Elizabethtown

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