Attorney appeals evidence fee

Attorney appeals evidence fee

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- A defense attorney is appealing a policy that requires attorneys to pay to see evidence that will be used against their clients in Salt Lake County.

The Deseret News reports Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller enacted the policy in September to save taxpayers money and help with budget constraints.

Under the policy - which Miller says is not unprecedented-- it costs $25 for an initial discovery packet on paper. A videotape costs $20, and photographs cost $1 each. Shipping, handling and research fees also apply.

Defense attorney Robert Kraft told 3rd District Judge Mark Kouris on Thursday he wants to challenge the fee policy. Kraft says he doesn't see the fairness because public defenders with indigent clients do not need to pay the fees.

The judge set dates for both sides to file briefs and present oral arguments.

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