public defense en Lawmakers Increase Funding for Indigent Defense <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; An increasingly dire financial situation for public defense around Louisiana has prompted state lawmakers to funnel more cash toward indigent defense. The most proactive bill will increase criminal court fees by $10 in most district courts to help shoulder the costs of indigent defense.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:18:22 +0000 The Associated Press 14312 at