Fifty Years after Gideon: It is Long Past Time to Provide Lawyers for Misdemeanor Defendants Who Cannot Afford to Hire Their Own

Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 11, Issue 3 (2013)

Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 14-01

42 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2014 Last revised: 29 Jan 2014

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

There is a widespread failure in the United States to provide counsel to accused persons in misdemeanor courts. This article outlines the problem and with a focus on Kentucky and Washington State recommends solutions, including diverting cases out of the courts and reallocating resources to provide counsel in the cases that local governments determine are necessary to prosecute.

Keywords: Misdemeanor, public defense, public defender, right to counsel, diversion

Suggested Citation

Boruchowitz, Robert C., Fifty Years after Gideon: It is Long Past Time to Provide Lawyers for Misdemeanor Defendants Who Cannot Afford to Hire Their Own (2013). Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 11, Issue 3 (2013); Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 14-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2378600

Robert C. Boruchowitz (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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