Law: One More Narrow Escape

But Reagan's battle to kill legal services goes on

Like two knights locked in endless com bat, Ronald Reagan and legal services lawyers are undying adversaries. During his eight years as Governor of California, Reagan constantly urged the Nixon Ad ministration to end all federal support for free legal services for the poor in civil cases. In 1970, the Governor vetoed a $1.8 million grant to California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) because a Reagan-requested inquiry had found 135 apparent incidents of misconduct by the group's lawyers. CRLA survived that threat when a three-judge commission declared the charges "unfounded and without merit."

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