Friday, March 15, 2013

More comments on the state of the right to counsel

A few days ago I posted a link to an editorial in the NY Times on the state of the right to counsel (here).  As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the case that recognized the right to counsel in criminal cases, a few other comments on the subject have been published.  Sadly, the common theme in all of them is that even though there is a right to counsel, poor defendants still have inadequate access to representation.  The New York Times published an article called Right to Lawyer Can Be Empty Promise for the Poor.  Meanwhile, NPR featured  a segment called 50 Years After Key Case, Problems Defending The Poor Persist.