Made the newspaper this week. Argued that instead of saddling my client with $1,600+ in fines, the court should recognize that he would be struggling with many other things upon his release from prison so the financial burden would be another obstacle in his path to success.
The judge was sensitive to this reality and agreed to run the fines non-cumulatively so the client only owes $400. Both the judge and the prosecutor were reasonable and humane in this regard. Sometimes the system doesn't completely chew up and spit a person out.