Lawyers to Address ‘Unfulfilled Promise’ of Landmark Gideon Ruling

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Four decades after the Supreme Court's landmark decision mandating that poor defendants in criminal cases are entitled to legal representation, a group of prominent American lawyers says the promise of that ruling remains unfulfilled, reports the Los Angeles Times. "There are still defendants who have not been provided competent counsel – or they have no real representation at all," the Constitution Project and the National Legal Aid and Defender Assn. said last month in announcing formation of the National Committee on the Right to Counsel to address the issue. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the . . .

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