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Court shining light on the need for indigent defense reform

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to, among other things, a lawyer. This right to counsel was further guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision in Gideon v. Wainwright where the Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment requires states to provide attorneys to criminal defendants who are unable to afford their own.

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