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‘Block Boyz’ case questioned due to lack of funds for public defenders

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By: WAFB Intern Elizabeth Kuebel

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana is currently handling a high profile, year-long investigation with a Gardere-based criminal group, the “Big Money Block Boyz,” but the state could lack the money to fund it. 

Nineteen members of the group, all charged with serious offenses, have requested public defenders to investigate their cases.  State and local district officials testified in Judge Trudy White’s court room on Thursday, July 3 at a conflict council hearing, claiming there is simply no money available to pay for those legal fees. They claim budgets have already been made for the 2014-2015 season with no extra fees to delegate to the court.

“I feel like if the state wants to put you in prison they should make sure that you have a lawyer so that the trial is fair,” Baton Rouge lawyer Jim Boren, present at the hearing, told WAFB following the hearing.

Boren and the other lawyers involved will return to court on Tuesday, July 15 to further the arrangement. 

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