Money Talk 06/09/2012
A couple days ago, Jordan Brown’s attorney Dennis Elisco called me for help in paying off an Erie psychologist who racked up a lot of hours meeting with Jordan when he was held at the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Detention Center—and for the life of me, I can’t see evidence this man’s services did Jordan any good. He even charged for local travel time at his full professional rate. I wasn’t involved in selecting this shrink, but until I spoke with him yesterday and made payment arrangements, the guy was threatening to sue for something like $2,250 in unpaid fees, and the defense team doesn’t need this kind of distraction as Jordan’s appeal goes forward. So between The Redemption Project, The Jordan Brown Trust, and Dennis Elisco himself, we are paying off the psychologist to clear the decks for action.http://wandervogeldiary.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/money-talk/
We’ve agreed to pay $1,000 of the psychologist’s bill, but this is going to be an extremely difficult check for me to write, especially knowing that we are going to have to raise many times that amount to hire expert witnesses for Jordan’s appeal (who will, by comparison, do the boy great good). At least I have the comfort of knowing that the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center is remaining on the defense team on a pro bono basis. They are better talent than any amount of money could buy. Dennis Elisco and his co-counsel Steve Collafella are sticking with the case on a pro bono basis, too.