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Posted: September 6, 2011, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

Peterson told Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke he didn't think it was appropriate for the county to pick up the tab for Gatlin's defense, as she clearly wasn't indigent......

Peterson will still represent Gatlin when she goes to trial in November — just not on the taxpayer's dime. .......

After Peterson questioned the appointment, Gatlin hired the Vancouver lawyer to represent her.


My guess would be Attorney Peterson thinks he struck gold in a meth addicted lottery winner client who does not have the wherewithall to keep him from ripping off that $600,000+ bank account.   After all why have taxpayers pay her bill when he can keep it all to himself!!!

Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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    Posted: September 6, 2011, 9:53 pm - IP Logged

    Hmmm I'd get a different lawyer,  he ratted her out straight out of the gate.  Lawyer bad.  Meth worse.

    2 of the worst things on earth,but sometimes you do need the one.

    next,she have nother lawyer to sue him for breech of confidance.

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      Posted: September 6, 2011, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

      $1 million lottery winner faces meth charges

      There was only one problem with Megan Gatlin's using a court-appointed attorney in her upcoming criminal trial: She's a lottery winner.

      The 28-year-old Vancouver woman won $1 million this spring in the Oregon Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Raffle. So when she appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court to face charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and third-degree theft, her attorney questioned the appointment.

      Defense attorney John Peterson was appointed to represent Gatlin in May. Gatlin collected her winnings, which were estimated to be about $670,000 after taxes, in April.

      Peterson told Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke he didn't think it was appropriate for the county to pick up the tab for Gatlin's defense, as she clearly wasn't indigent.

      Stahnke asked why a judge would appoint Peterson to the case in the first place. Apparently, Peterson said, the court didn't know Gatlin was a lottery winner.

      Gatlin explained that she had answered all of the questions the court official asked her when trying to determine eligibility for a court-appointed attorney. The court official asked about Gatlin's income and residency. Gatlin told the woman she was unemployed and lived with her mother.

      The court official never asked Gatlin how much money she had in the bank, Gatlin said.

      Gatlin told the judge Friday that she won $1 million in the lottery and had the money in her bank account. At that, Stahnke relieved the attorney of his indigent defense duties.

      Peterson will still represent Gatlin when she goes to trial in November — just not on the taxpayer's dime.

      After Peterson questioned the appointment, Gatlin hired the Vancouver lawyer to represent her.

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      People are tired of seeing dopers win big prizes all the time.

      We'd like to see a boozer win once in a while!


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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        Posted: September 6, 2011, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

        People are tired of seeing dopers win big prizes all the time.

        We'd like to see a boozer win once in a while!

        LOL funny

         HyperBe Happy.

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          Posted: September 6, 2011, 10:42 pm - IP Logged

          People are tired of seeing dopers win big prizes all the time.

          We'd like to see a boozer win once in a while!

          When you booze you looze....

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            Posted: September 6, 2011, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

            I thought it was geezers close to kicking the bucket.

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              Posted: September 6, 2011, 11:16 pm - IP Logged

              I thought it was geezers close to kicking the bucket.

              Power to the geezer boozers! Right on!


                                                           
                                   
                                                       

               

               

               

               

                                                                                                                 

              "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                Posted: September 7, 2011, 8:25 am - IP Logged

                People are tired of seeing dopers win big prizes all the time.

                We'd like to see a boozer win once in a while!

                Cheers

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                  Posted: September 7, 2011, 11:45 am - IP Logged

                  Oh somewhat cash wealthy Megan, what did you steal that had a value under $750? Mail For You

                  Oh Megan, there is more than one lawyer who is: 1) On good terms with the presiding Judge to your trial, and 2) An excellent, convincing performer before a jury and judges ... hire that lawyer instead (probably same high fees)!  Megan, behave yourself from now on, you are not "an island."

                  On another note, I guess this is one state that may be, finally, changing it's "means test" of too few questions in order to determine if a free public defender will be provided compliments of the county's few income tax paying residents.

                  Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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                    Posted: September 7, 2011, 10:49 pm - IP Logged

                    Peterson told Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke he didn't think it was appropriate for the county to pick up the tab for Gatlin's defense, as she clearly wasn't indigent......

                    Peterson will still represent Gatlin when she goes to trial in November — just not on the taxpayer's dime. .......

                    After Peterson questioned the appointment, Gatlin hired the Vancouver lawyer to represent her.


                    My guess would be Attorney Peterson thinks he struck gold in a meth addicted lottery winner client who does not have the wherewithall to keep him from ripping off that $600,000+ bank account.   After all why have taxpayers pay her bill when he can keep it all to himself!!!

                    I don't agree with you. He sounds like an actual what-a-lawyer-should-be kind of lawyer.

                    I think she's smart hiring him. He obviously does his homework and that's what she needs right now - whether I agree with what she did or not, she is innocent until proven guilty.

                    "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss


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                      Posted: September 8, 2011, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

                      Why does it seem like a good percentage of lottery winners are hardened criminals or dregs of society in some other manner?

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                        Posted: September 13, 2011, 12:14 am - IP Logged

                        She'll be broke before you can say 'quick prick'

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                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: September 13, 2011, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

                          Why does it seem like a good percentage of lottery winners are hardened criminals or dregs of society in some other manner?

                          Because as much as we hate to admit it, people in Kentucky have a right to buy lottery tickets too.


                                                                       
                                               
                                                                   

                           

                           

                           

                           

                                                                                                                             

                          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                            Posted: September 14, 2011, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

                            Because as much as we hate to admit it, people in Kentucky have a right to buy lottery tickets too.

                            Why thank'ya darlin tiggs be hold'en to ya..

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                              Posted: September 19, 2011, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

                              Why thank'ya darlin tiggs be hold'en to ya..

                              You're welcome and don't call me darlin'.