Tag Archives: Fourteenth Amendment

Attorneys must be given resources to defend criminals


“The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours,” announced the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 in first determining that the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution requires states to provide lawyers to the indigent accused facing a potential loss of liberty in a felony case.

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US Supreme Court takes up constitutionality of special union fees

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appear poised to issue a split decision in a case considering what notice non-union state workers must receive before being assessed a special fee that will fund political efforts. But a preliminary issue may keep the Court from even reaching the merits of the case.

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