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Tag Archives: Sixth Amendment

Attorneys must be given resources to defend criminals

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“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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Judge vacates man’s conviction in wife’s poisoning (UPDATE)

A Wisconsin man convicted of poisoning his wife 15 years ago was improperly tried because he couldn't confront his dead wife and her "letter from the grave" implicating the husband as the primary suspect, a federal judge has ruled.

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US Supreme Court takes up sentencing factors case

In a case that raises the question of whether judges, rather than juries, can constitutionally decide factors that could trigger an increase in the minimum sentence, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed reluctant to shake up a sentencing scheme that Congress and the courts have relied upon for more than a decade.

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10-1292 U.S. v. West

Sixth Amendment In court ID by lineup witnesses Where police conducted incustody lineup identifications while a defendant was unrepresented by counsel, and the district court ruled that the lineup was unduly suggestive but nonetheless held that lineup witnesses may be ...

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