Saturday, November 21, 2009

William Jefferson's legal bills to be paid by taxpayers

during his appeal.

Their fees will be covered by the court, though the rates will be similar to those provided public defenders and far less than the prominent white collar attorneys generally charge.

Ellis also said that a transcript of the eight-week trial, which the court reporter estimated would cost $26,000, will be paid for by the court. As part of the appeal, expected to be filed next week with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., Jefferson's lawyers are required to provide a copy of the massive transcript from the lengthy court proceedings.