‘Forensic Fridays:’ Legal Representation for the Indigent

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1963 landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright that the Sixth Amendment mandates states provide free counsel to criminal defendants who can’t afford to hire an attorney. However, numerous questions remain about how uniformly justice is actually delivered. The issue is particularly relevant in states like Pennsylvania, where county governments must fund public defenders.

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