June 10, 2016
Since the landmark Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright
(1963) every state has developed a system of public defense. The decision guaranteed that those accused of felony offenses are entitled to a lawyer under the rights outlined in the 6th Amendment, which include, the right to a jury trial, a public trial, and pertaining to Gideon
, “to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” In the wake of the Gideon
decision each state was required to develop a system of public defenders to represent those who did not have a legal counsel, and especially those who could not afford a lawyer. Continue Reading...