Editorial: Justice system needs some balancing

When somebody has a day in court, it should be a fair fight. But in Oregon, if the accused can’t afford a lawyer, there’s reason to worry.

The pay disparity between court-appointed indigent defense lawyers and the people who prosecute is substantial and problematic. The Legislature took up this issue again this year in House Bill 2561, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland. But again, this year the bill did not pass.

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