Sunday, April 20, 2008

LOOKING FOR 416 VOLUNTEER LAWYERS IN THE POLYGAMY CASE

LA TIMES - "Judges from El Paso to Beaumont and all points in between will have to help out," said Guy Choate, a local attorney who helped coordinate the mass hearing. Already, the unprecedented scale of the case has led to a morass of practical challenges for court officials and local attorneys. "We're a town of about 80 lawyers, and all of a sudden we need 416," Choate said. . . At the beginning of last week, mass e-mails were sent out to attorneys appealing for volunteers. There was a run on paper as court officials sought to make thousands of copies so each attorney would have all of the filings. A 3 1/2 -hour training session was set up in a local bank to train attorneys on family code laws. As attorneys from across the state signed up to offer their services for free, hotels booked up in the college town of San Angelo. E-mails went out appealing for locals to offer spare rooms, sofas and cots.

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