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 . . .

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