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Federal law would repay attorneys' debt

Oklahoma City_Legal officials in Oklahoma say a federal law awaiting the president's signature will help prosecutors and public defenders keep top-notch attorneys.  The John R. Justice prosecutors and defenders act will pay up to $50,000 in law school loans for lawyers who work for a district attorney or public defender's office for at least three years.   The law would repay up to $10,000 of the loans each year up to the $60,000 maximum.

Oklahoma County Chief Public Defender Robert Ravitz says he loses the top attorneys after a year or two because he can't match what they can earn at a private firm, and district attorney David Prater says the law will help him recruit and keep attorneys who couldn't afford to pay their student loans on the salary Prater can offer.

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