At a time when county government is, ostensibly anyway, so strapped for cash it is actually considering getting into the marijuana sales business, why, according to the Oct. 24 article, "Attorney argues against death penalty for principal," is a formerly well-paid public school employee, who allegedly committed a crime for - get this - financial gain, nonetheless allowed to require the taxpayer to pick up the tab for her attorney? If anything being said about the defendant is true, she obviously has financial resources of some kind, somewhere and should pay for her own lawyer.

And we wonder why there's no money.

Philip J. Beglin, Bakersfield