Courts Still Often Fail to Provide Justice for Poor Criminal Defendants, Panel Says

, New York Law Journal


The discussion hosted by the New York County Lawyers' Association commemorated the anniversary of 'Gideon v. Wainwright,' which held that all indigent defendants facing felony charges are entitled to court-appointed counsel. The ruling was later extended to all criminal offenses.

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  • Phillip H Inkel

    It is true that many individuals that cannot afford the cost of legal representation are choosing to represent theirselves pro se. With very few exceptions most people I have observed to be represented by court appointed attorneys at the governments expense do not receive adequate nor effective representation. Currently i am following a capital felony case in Arkansas ( State of Arkansas vs. Robert Langley ) wher his court appointed lawyer has not even interviewed any witnesses nor has she filed any adequate pre trial Motions. In my opinion Mr langley will not have a fair trial.

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