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Sixth Amendment

Supreme Court Rules on Pre-Criminal Trial Asset Seizure

Brad Reid | Posted 02.28.2014 | Crime
Brad Reid

The fundamental legal concept of due process requires the right to be heard by a neutral decision maker before having life, liberty, and property taken by the government. The majority opinion seems to unduly fear a hearing.

Failing the Sixth Amendment's Promise of Right to Counsel

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Instead of ensuring budgets for proper counsel for the poor, many states have gone the other way and slashed funding for public defenders offices. That is no way to honor, let alone uphold, a fundamental constitutional right.

Late Morning Links: Puppycide, Oatmeal, Donkey Cheese

Radley Balko | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- Politician wants to ban a gun that doesn't exist. -- Headline of the day. -- Puppycide: Dog-with-tennis-ball-in-mouth edition. -- Internet feud ...

Are Courthouses Obsolete?

Brad Reid | Posted 09.13.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

Are courtrooms obsolete? No, but many venues are located outside of the traditional courthouse or are increasingly subject to video conferencing such as arraignments.

Mike Sacks

Absurdly Bad Plea Bargain Advice Violates Constitution, Supreme Court Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants who receive deficient or absurdly bad plea bargaining advice from their lawyers have had their constitutional rights violated...

Mike Sacks

Justice Kennedy Hints At Change Of Heart In Sixth Amendment Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday morning, Justice Anthony Kennedy turned a constitutional inquiry he once derided as "formalistic and wooden" into one of his ...

Mike Sacks

What 'Citizens United' And A Case Tuesday Have In Common

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn't always cast the decisive swing vote. He too can be found in dissent, aggressively lobbying the law to tu...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Asked How Much Bad Lawyering The Constitution Allows

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Anthony Cooper shot a fleeing woman in the thigh and buttocks back in 2003, his lawyer advised him to reject the prosecution's deal...

Mike Sacks

VIDEO: Supreme Court Will Ponder Bad Lawyers, Broken Elbows And Eyewitness IDs

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday for another two weeks of oral arguments. Next week's docket is stacked with criminal ca...