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Who wants a legal aid attorney, anyway? In my experience they no longer represent the poor. If you don't have assets, they won't represent you. I was told I was too poor for them to represent me. The recent claims of illegal activity with their government monies make them just another government/private sector contractor that looks like the subprime organized crime market. Stop privatizing my government.

Legal aid services should be put under the government-run public defender's office. Public defenders should have a civil and criminal division. I do remember why the Republicans privatized legal aid in the nineties. It was to make legal services for citizens less effective and to stop them from challenging state and federal legislation. Both have been accomplished.