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From: Quentin Simpson (e-mail him)
A private practice lawyer for a poor Hispanic kid? Someone outside Montano's family is no doubt footing the bill.
Although circumstances vary, private attorney retainer fees generally start at around$2,000-$4,000. In felony cases the retainers can be $5,000-$10,000, but could easily be $25,000-$50,000 or more for extremely serious charges, such as homicide or sexual assault.
Retainers are just the beginning. Montano's total legal bill will be much higher.
Since Montano attended a school that is and 78 percent Hispanic and eligible for Title 1 federal assistance, it is logical to conclude that his family cannot afford costly and protracted private legal defense.
Montano is innocent until proven guilty. But the obvious question is: who's paying for Montano's defense—and why?