Does the Lawyer Make a Difference? Public Defender v. Appointed Counsel
Peter A. Joy
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law
Kevin C. McMunigal
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
May 27, 2012
ABA Criminal Justice, Spring 2012
Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-05-11
A recent study found that poor criminal defendants in Philadelphia who were represented by court-appointed private lawyers were more often found guilty and sentenced to more time in prison than similarly situated defendants represented by public defenders. In this column, we review the details of the study, its findings, and its ethical and constitutional implications.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: Sixth Amendment, public defenders, constitutional rights of the accused, ethical obligations of defense counselAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 28, 2012
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