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Letter: Skelos case shows financial cost

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam leave Southern District Federal Court in Manhattan after his initial hearing on corruption charges on Monday, May 4, 2015. Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Now that State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) is making known the financial pain faced by people who are presumed innocent, maybe we can all learn something here ["Skelos friends soliciting funds for defense," News, July 16].

Most people depend for survival on each hour they can devote to working. This is unlike politicians, prosecutors or judges, who have seemingly endless resources. Not only must defendants pay defense attorneys, but they also must spend hours in holding facilities and courtrooms.

The taxpayers provide law enforcement with respectable salaries, even when it prosecutes people later found innocent. Should taxpayers reimburse the innocent for the financial destruction brought on them in the process?

Ken Gillespie, Freeport


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