2013 -- NATIONAL LEVEL
ABSTRACT & CITATION
This article looks back on Gideon v. Wainwright 50 years later and takes an ambivalent perspective on its legacy. It begins with a narrative history of Gideon’s crime and his defense, supplemented with commentary by Anthony Lewis, the author of Gideon’s Trumpet. It then describes how the vision of Gideon has failed to be realized, relying on statistical reports and journalistic accounts of inadequate indigent defense services. It offers two scholarly responses to this issue: the majority voice, which calls for greater funding and expansion of indigent defense services, and the minority, which asserts that the Court should require defense in fewer cases, thus allowing attorneys to perform “legal triage” by focusing on clients most in need of their assistance. The article also mentions recent developments in Sixth Amendment law in Turner v. Rogers and Boyer v. Louisiana.
Walsh, Mark. Fifty Years After Gideon, Lawyers Still Struggle to Provide Counsel to the Indigent. (2013) ABA Journal.Topics: Funding, Supreme Court Decisions
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