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SJC orders poor suspects freed

Requires counsel within seven days

By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / July 29, 2004

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The state's highest court yesterday ordered that poor criminal defendants in Hampden County be freed from jail if they are not assigned a lawyer after seven days, which could force the Legislature and Governor Mitt Romney to raise hourly pay rates for court-appointed lawyers. (Full Article: 996 Words)

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