Gideon's promise still unfulfilled

, The National Law Journal


There is near-universal agreement among lawyers who represent the poor that Gideon's promise of effective legal counsel for everyone charged with a crime has gone unfulfilled. "The system is broken. It can't be relied upon to protect innocent people from conviction," said Steven Benjamin, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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  • SpeakUpWithTruth

    The Court System in certain counties of Missouri is pathetic. The prosecutor is mentally disturbed and corrupt and everybody knows it, but they continue to allow him to destroy local citizens with unjust attacks and unfair plea bargains or convictions. The judges and lawyers laugh and joke in the courtroom about how deluded the prosecutor is, but do nothing to stand up and make changes to protect the citizens. Constitutional rights are a myth, the Bill of rights and civil rights are a thing of the past and justice only applies to the rich. The public defenders office is overloaded trying to defend the poor against a perverted and corrupt court system that treats people like cattle with a continual flow of accused treated as guilty. Public defenders are brought in from other counties, but can't properly defend victims from the monster. The county jail is filthy and mold covered, with no medical care provided for the seriously ill, and unreasonable and unreachable bonds are set. The prosecutor has a long political reach and plenty of connections which allow him to persecute the citizens in a kangaroo court. The solution is simple. Stop locking up people for non-violent crime and start locking up prosecutors who twist the truth for a conviction. The criminal justice system is broken, the citizens have no rights and people continue to be silent until it affects them or their families. Where is justice? Where is the oversight? Is there nobody in Missouri with integrity?

  • Spook

    Wow, 10 years in prison is considered a "small case"? That right there points to why this nation is falling into the dark ages in grip of the prison industrial complex.

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