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50 Years Later, Reflecting On The Legacy Of Gideon v. Wainwright
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Essential Role of Private Lawyers in Defending the Poor
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Fifty years after right to attorney enshrined, budget cuts hit lawyers for the poor
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Amicus Brief in Burt v. Titlow (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert . Stage)
This brief argues that, if the Court found ineffective assistance of counsel, Titlow was entitled to the benefit of the original plea deal, which her attorney rejected. Though the Court’s finding of no ineffective assistance of counsel meant it never reached the issue, TCP believes the Court should take the earliest opportunity to clarify what relief a defendant is entitled to in such a situation.
Amicus Brief in Burt v. Titlow (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert . Stage)
This brief argues that, if the Court found ineffective assistance of counsel, Titlow was entitled to the benefit of the original plea deal, which her attorney rejected. Though the Court’s finding of no ineffective assistance of counsel meant it never reached the issue, TCP believes the Court should take the earliest opportunity to clarify what relief a defendant is entitled to in such a situation.
Coalition Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in Support of Restoring Funding to Defenders Services Budget
An identical letter was delivered to members of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Sequestering Justice: How the Budget Crisis is Undermining Our Courts
Fact Sheet on Federal Indigent Defense Budget Cuts – Highlights
Amicus Brief in Long v. United States (United States Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
Arguing that the Supreme Court should agree to hear Long v. United States next term. When defense counsel fails to take action based on ignorance of the law, courts should evaluate ineffective assistance of counsel claims based on a less deferential standard than when counsel failed to take action for strategic reasons. Supreme Court precedent and a majority of Courts of Appeals agree with this approach.
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