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Indiana stands as a cautionary tale for other states with similar indigent defense system models

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Pleading the Sixth: On October 24, 2016, the Sixth Amendment Center released its report detailing how the “Indiana Model” for defender services leads to the actual denial of counsel and/or the provision of a lawyer in name only throughout the state.

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The “Indiana Model” for providing right to counsel services does not work

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Pleading the Sixth: On October 24, 2016, the Sixth Amendment Center released its report on trial level indigent defense services in Indiana. Beginning in the 1990s, the “Indiana Model” was widely promoted as potentially the best way to improve the provision

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A Cronic resolve to America’s chronic right to counsel deficiencies

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Pleading the Sixth: On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that indigent defendants have a right to challenge systemic deficiencies at the outset of a case before having to suffer from actual or constructive denial of counsel. [Click

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court recognizes indigent defendants’ right to sue before receiving ineffective representation

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Pleading the Sixth: On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that indigent defendants have the right to challenge systemic deficiencies at the outset of a case before having to suffer from actual or constructive denial of counsel. Moreover, the

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Missouri Governor shows why indigent defense crisis will not be fixed without defender independence

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Pleading the Sixth: When the Missouri Public Defender, Michael Barrett, appointed the Governor to represent an accused indigent defendant, it brought national attention to the state’s longstanding underfunding of right to counsel services. Now, after a local judge ruled Barrett

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An Open Letter to the Next Missouri Governor

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Pleading the Sixth: On August 2, 2016 the Missouri State Public Defender appointed the Governor to represent an indigent defendant. Whereas, the sitting Governor is term-limited out, the 6AC turns to the two major party nominees with an overview of

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The Sixth Amendment Center's blog, "Pleading the Sixth," charts the successes and failures in our nation’s ongoing efforts to provide a meaningful right to counsel. By providing historical, legal, and standards-based context for local and national news stories, our goal is to provide our readers with the most useful and current information possible -- placing critical tools into the hands of those with the power to enact positive change.