When the Cheering (for Gideon) Stops: The Defense Bar and Representation at Initial Bail Hearings

6 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2012  

Douglas Colbert

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

This article suggests that the absence of representation at the beginning of a State criminal prosecution must come to a screeching halt. The criminal defense bar should take a leadership role and dedicate Gideon's anniversary to making certain that an accused's right to the effective assistance of counsel begins at the initial bail hearing. Indeed, guaranteeing vigorous representation should be the defense bar's number one priority.

Keywords: Gideon v. Wainwright, indigent defendants, advocacy, judicial proceedings, legal counsel, indigent defense, access to justice, right to counsel, pro bono representation

Suggested Citation

Colbert, Douglas, When the Cheering (for Gideon) Stops: The Defense Bar and Representation at Initial Bail Hearings (June 1, 2012). The Champion, June 2012, p. 10-14.; U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2137798

Douglas L. Colbert (Contact Author)

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