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MAR 29, 2013 - American Spectator

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A New Approach to Indigent Defense

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the court held that state governments—like the federal government—are constitutionally obligated to provide attorneys for indigent defendants in criminal trials. The last few years have seen a surge of interest from conservatives and libertarians in improving indigent defense services, which are widely acknowledged to be inadequate. Two weeks ago, the Heritage Foundation held an event on indigent defense, hosted by former Attorney General Ed Meese. Also, as this Washington ... Read More

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