Consider, too that the “Special Counsel” on the big dig will be paid $700.00 an hour – and will never have to wait.
All the outside, non-state-employee attorneys who are hired on an hourly basis also without becoming state employees to represent state employees, like say Matt Amorello, are paid $200-$700 an hour, and not subject to line item appropriations.
The attorneys for the indigent? Every year, the well runs dry, and we stand “bowl in hand” like Oliver Twist, saying, “Please sir, may I have some more?”
Most of the time, the court-appointed attorney is the lowest paid person in the Court.
That is, when we are being paid.