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08/02/2013

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JUSTICE FOR SOME A TIGER BAY CLUB PANEL DEBATES THE TRIBULATIONS OF THE NON-WEALTHY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN THEIR ENCOUNTERS WITH THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Thursday's Sarasota Tiger Bay Club program common: We are not adequately funding our asked, "Is money the key to the courthouse?" courts. The answer from the panel: Pretty much, yep. Money for organizations that provide legal Public Defender Larry Eger, who moderated assistance to low-income folks facing issues the panel, steered the talk away from criminal such as foreclosure and divorce has dropped litigation and toward significantly in recent the civil side, managyears, said Legal Aid ing a discussion that Money's not the solution for of Manasota Executive touched on everything everything, but one of the key solutions Director Linda Harrafrom high filing fees dine. Legal Aid is one for all of this is better funding. for court action to pro such group, a 501(c) bono help for the poor. (3) organization dediJohn Patterson Attorney But one refrain was cated to providing pro A courtroom in the Sarasota County Courthouse. Photo by Clyde Robinson

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