Tag: Argersinger v. Hamlin

Should non-lawyer judges be sending people to jail? SCOTUS asked to review

Pleading the Sixth: In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the 14th Amendment permits non-lawyer judges to impose jail time so long as the defendant has the ability to get a do-over in front of a judge who is

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An Open Letter to the Next Missouri Governor

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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Actual Denial of Counsel & Government Tyranny

Pleading the Sixth: On May 13, 2015, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a first-ever hearing on the failure of state, county and local courts to appoint lawyers to the indigent accused, as is their Constitutional duty. As the 6AC

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Why our misdemeanor courts are filled with uncounselled defendants

Pleading the Sixth: On the eve of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the denial of counsel in our nation’s lower courts, here are four reasons people accused of misdemeanors go to jail everyday without speaking to a lawyer, and four

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Senator Grassley believes indigent defense system needs reform

Senator Chuck Grassley (R) of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke about the need for indigent defense reform during his remarks at the National Press Club Newsmakers News Conference on April 27. Sen. Grassley emphasized the importance of

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