According to reports at Law.com and WCCO.com, “The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday struck down mandatory fees the Legislature imposed last year on criminal defendants who use public defenders.”
WCCO tv in Minneapolis reports:
In a unanimous ruling, the seven-justice court said the fees violate the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment protections.
The fees are among the budget-balancing moves approved by the Legislature last spring and are intended to raise about $10 million over the next two years to help run the public defender program. Depending on the crime, defendants are charged between $50 and $200 a case.