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Explanation of rights that must be given before any custodial interrogation, stemming largely from the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. The person detained and interrogated must be made aware of the right to remain silent, the right to consult with an attorney and have the attorney present during questioning, and the right to have an attorney appointed if indigent.
Impoverished, or unable to afford the necessities of life. A defendant who is indigent has a constitutional right to court-appointed representation, according to a 1963 Supreme Court decision, Gideon v. Wainright.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
Source: Mis souri Bar weighs in
a state supreme court decision in July 2012 gave the state public defender commission the authority to declare itself unavailable to accept new case assignments from the court when it already has too many. However, the state public defender’s attempts to define exactly how many cases are “too many” were met with significant scrutiny from criminal justice stakeholders – and in particular from the prosecuting attorneys association who called upon the legislature to do exactly what the new bill proposes.
originally posted by: oneupShadow
My rural county has been hit hard since we are severely lacking industry here. A lot of honest construction workers have been backed up against the ropes and forced to grow and sell marijuana, just to keep food on the table.
originally posted by: VoidHawk
Why are people putting up with this!?
This isn't about locking up dangerous criminals, it could just as easily be anyone of us!!
People shouldn't just sit and moan about this, they should get active and complain very noisily! Get this into the main stream stressing it could be ANYONE!
Why exactly SHOULD jail be "3 hots and a cot" as if it's a free hotel?