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UNITED STATES v. NAPLES

March 28, 1967

UNITED STATES of America,
v.
John NAPLES. UNITED STATES of America, v. George W. BENNETT


Bazelon, Chief Judge, District of Columbia Circuit.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: BAZELON

Before me are applications for excess compensation requiring my approval under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(d). Although I agree with the District Court that each of these attorneys rendered highly competent and valuable services, I am constrained to return these applications without my approval.

 I

 II

 Two of the applications seek compensation for services rendered by attorneys other than the one appointed by the District Court. The application in Bennett shows that a large portion of the work was performed by other members of appointed counsel's firm. In Naples, an application was filed on behalf of the law firm itself and there is nothing to indicate how much time appointed counsel himself devoted to the case.

 I solicited the view of the Judicial Conference Committee to Implement the Criminal Justice Act as to whether appointed counsel could properly claim compensation for work done by his associates and received the following report:

 
The Committee was unanimously of the view that appointed counsel alone can file a claim and can file a claim only in his own behalf. The view was expressed that undoubtedly in a busy law office appointed counsel may call upon juniors in his firm for assistance but that the Act does not provide for payment of services to anyone other than those appointed by the court pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act.

 I agree with the Committee. The Act permits compensation only for "an attorney appointed pursuant to this section, or a bar association or legal aid agency which made an attorney available for appointment." 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(d).

 I am returning each of the applications without my approval, but without prejudice to the filing of amended applications reflecting only the time and services rendered by the "attorney appointed pursuant to this section." If such amended applications are filed, counsel should attach a statement explaining the nature and purpose of the services rendered. Although the statement need not be overly detailed, it should set forth sufficient data to enable me to conclude that the services were "reasonably expended out of court." I will ...


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