Private Firm Hopes to Take Over City's Indigent Cases

The city of Philadelphia plans to retain a private law firm to handle all court-appointed defense work for indigent individuals at an expected savings of $1 million annually, ABAJournal.com reports. The issue is hotly contested, however, pitting the city and a lawyer expected to win the $9.5 million yearly contract against those who currently handle the overflow of up to 27,000 cases annually.