A fundamental liberty right denied

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 06:00 AM Written by 

20130212 tornjustice photocom101438681 150Matt Mangino, who authors The Cautionary Instruction here on Fridays, has published an essay in this week's editions of  The Legal Intelligencer focusing on the troubling dislocations in the provision of adequete representation to poor defendants brought before criminal courts:

"Contrary to the belief that all indigent defendants are constitutionally entitled to a lawyer when their liberty is at stake, only 10 states guarantee representation at an initial court appearance to assess bail — a proceeding with fundamental liberty implications. In comparison, an equal number of states refuse to provide counsel at initial bail proceedings uniformly throughout the state, while the remaining 30 states, including Pennsylvania, assign appointed counsel in only some counties."

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