2003 -- Georgia
Marea Beeman, Robert L. Spangenberg, Jennifer Riggs, Rangita de Silva-de Alwis
ABSTRACT & CITATION
The Spangenberg Group’s review of the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alabama v. Shelton on courts in Georgia. Alabama v. Shelton, in effect, expanded the right to counsel by forbidding the imposition of a suspended sentence of imprisonment in cases where an indigent defendant has not received a court-appointed lawyer or waived the right to counsel. Report based on data collected from on-site assessments of the indigent defense systems in 19 sample counties. Major findings include, but are not limited to: 1) a number of courts in Georgia fail to comply with Shelton’s requirements, 2) the practice of channeling defendants to meet prosecutors before being advised of their right to counsel is still widespread, 3) many misdemeanor defendants require interpreter services, but many courts do not uniformly provide court-certified interpreters, and 4) no reliable data exist on the number of attorney appointments made post-Shelton.
Beeman, Marea L., Robert L. Spangenberg, Jennifer Riggs, and Rangita de Silva-de Alwis. 2003. Status of Indigent Defense in Georgia: A Study for the Chief Justice’s Commission on Indigent Defense, Part II: Analysis of Implementing Alabama v. Shelton in Georgia. West Newton, MA: The Spangenberg Group (June).Topics: Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, Misdemeanors, Pro Se, Supreme Court Decisions
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