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Ohio killer says he can't afford shoes thanks to court costs

Ohio killer says he can't afford shoes thanks to court costs (Courtesy: MGN Online)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Lawyers for a death row inmate who killed his girlfriend and her father want his court-ordered payments adjusted, saying he's so poor he can't afford new shoes or boots.

While condemned prisoner David Braden earns $16 a month in inmate pay, he is only allowed a maximum of $25 in his account as he pays off court costs from his 1999 trial.

A motion filed this month by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on behalf of Braden says the cheapest pair of prison shoes for purchase on death row cost $27.95.

Braden's attorney and the ACLU say a 2013 law allowing for the modification of court costs should apply to inmates sentenced before then.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the law is not retroactive.

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