Tag Archives: Right To Counsel

On This Date in Legal History

On April 13, 1942, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Betts v. Brady. The question presented was– did the State of Maryland have a constitutional duty to appoint legal counsel to assist an indigent defendant indicted … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 13, 1942, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Betts v. Brady. The question presented was– did the State of Maryland have a constitutional duty to appoint legal counsel to assist an indigent defendant indicted … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale From The Documentary “Kids for Cash”

From 2003-2008 children arrested in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, were routinely encouraged to waive their rights to counsel.  Hundreds of young kids not represented by lawyers were ordered to go to detention centers for minor offenses.  The documentary Kids for Cash … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1941 Smith Betts, an unemployed farmhand who was not well educated, was indicted on a robbery charge in a Maryland courthouse. He was poor and unable to afford an attorney so he asked the Court to appoint one. The … Continue reading

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The Right to Counsel

Today the United States Courts (@ http://www.uscourts.gov/Home.aspx) released an educational video about the right to counsel in criminal proceedings.  Watch this easy to understand recording (@ http://news.uscourts.gov/new-court-shorts-video-details-right-counsel) to learn about a criminal defendant’s 6th Amendment rights.

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The Right to Counsel at a Criminal Trial Didn’t Always Exist

On this day in 1963, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to counsel.  Clarence Earl Gideon was accused of breaking and entering into a poolroom to commit a misdemeanor. … Continue reading

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