My friend was in prison for 6 years and when he got out he has been required to make payments for his court appointed attorney as a part of his probation. Can they really hold that over his head? He is having a hard enough time just getting by and has a hard time even finding a job.
If your Friend went to prison for 6 years then he is on parole now. As a condition of parole he can be forced to make certain payments. Such payment can include court costs, court appointed attorney fees, restitution and fine, to mention a few.