Does the Lawyer Make a Difference? Public Defender v. Appointed Counsel
ABA Criminal Justice, Spring 2012
5 Pages Posted: 28 May 2012
Date Written: May 27, 2012
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
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