Sunday, March 17, 2013

The right to a lawyer - Louisville Courier - Journal

Written by Robert C. Boruchowitz Special to The Courier-Journal

Fifty years ago tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most important decisions, Gideon v. Wainwright, holding that poor people facing felony charges in state courts are entitled to court-appointed lawyers. The Kentucky Supreme Court had recognized a right to counsel in 1948, but it did not provide funding for appointed counsel.
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