Author: jon-mosher

Assembly line pretrial representation in Delaware results in denial of right to counsel

In a decision that sounds a warning bell for public defense systems throughout the country, the Delaware Supreme Court has held that “[t]he Sixth Amendment requires more than the physical presence of counsel the first day of trial in a serious

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Last Week Tonight tackles indigent defense crisis

The 6AC was proud to help the folks at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver over the past couple of weeks as they developed an in-depth segment on the nationwide indigent defense crisis. Watch it here.

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Redefining the right to counsel in Tennessee

The voice of the people is negated on indigent defense in Tennessee. The 6AC points to a new way forward in resolving long-standing structural deficiencies in the state’s district defender conference model. Read more on this topic: Pleading the Sixth: Tennessee undermines

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Conference of Chief Justices endorses proposed National Center for the Right to Counsel

Pleading the Sixth: With a resolution adopted at its 2014 Annual Meeting, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) together have endorsed the proposed legislation to create a National Center for the Right

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6AC & PJI release issue paper on early appointment of counsel

The Pretrial Justice Institute and the Sixth Amendment Center jointly release a new report, Early Appointment of Counsel: The Law, Implementation, and Benefits, that concludes that the justice goals of the criminal court systems will be best served where every

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U.S. House unanimously passes resolution supporting the right to counsel

“The first step towards solving any problem is acknowledging one exists,” stated Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), speaking November 13, 2013, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of House Resolution 196, Supporting the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right

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