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Gideon v. Wainwright
For Many, a Lawyer Is a Luxury Out of Reach
Sixty years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the promise of legal representation for everyone is largely unrealized.
July 18, 2018
Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
Civil representation is too expensive for many, but Washington state has one solution
September 7, 2016
When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.
February 17, 2016
Scalia and the Right to Counsel
He would defend your liberty, but not your right to a lawyer.
January 28, 2016
Why Getting Sued Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to New Orleans’ Public Defenders
The ACLU takes the cash-poor agency to court to force the cash-poor legislature to pay.
March 30, 2015
A Courtroom Divided
What a battle between a Mississippi judge and a group of public defenders tells us about the state of indigent defense.
January 2, 2015
Four things the next attorney general needs to know about America’s indigent defense crisis.
, Director, Sixth Amendment Center