Does the Lawyer Make a Difference? Public Defender v. Appointed Counsel

5 Pages Posted: 28 May 2012

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Peter A. Joy

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Date Written: May 27, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Sixth Amendment, public defenders, constitutional rights of the accused, ethical obligations of defense counsel

Suggested Citation

Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C., Does the Lawyer Make a Difference? Public Defender v. Appointed Counsel (May 27, 2012). ABA Criminal Justice, Spring 2012; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-05-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2067454

Peter A. Joy (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

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Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )

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