50 years after Gideon: should the right to counsel be expanded?

Pre-trial proceedings, like bail hearings, are critical in criminal cases. Should the right to counsel be expanded to cover them? Last month marked the 50-year anniversary of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court Case Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S. Ct. 792 (1963), where the Court held that the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provided […]

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What is “excessive force?” A look at Graham v. Connor

A look at 3 recent cases of excessive force verdicts and the Graham balancing test. A jury in the Santa Ana Federal Court returned a verdict on April 4, 2013, after 10 days of evidence against two Long Beach officers who shot and killed 37-year-old Douglas Zerby in December 2010. The civil rights and wrongful death suit […]

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