Next week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions this country’s criminal justice system has ever known – Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), which guaranteed criminal defendants the right to a defense attorney regardless of their ability to pay.
Yet half a century after the Gideon case, the right to effective representation for all still remains an unfulfilled promise. Today, public defenders, who handle 80 percent of all criminal cases, all too often forego effective representation for lack of time and resources. Nine out of 10 of all criminal cases are resolved by plea bargains. Every day in courtrooms across the country, cases are resolved by two-minute introductory flyby conversations between public defenders and their clients, with no discussion – much less implementation – of an adequate defense strategy. Defense attorneys for the indigent often appear in court without knowing their client’s names.
Armed with an affidavit as a condition imposed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV showed up at Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas branch, Pasig City 11 am, April 2 but still failed to get a waiver from the Mayor to disprove allegations of PHP 2.4 billion “hidden wealth,” including the PHP 211 million deposit in the said bank.
“I have the affidavit, but there was no waiver,” stressed Trillanes who called Duterte a “coward.”
This time, the tough-talking Mayor wanted all the other presidential candidates to sign a waiver and open all their bank accounts to the public.
Although he was open to showing “all” of his bank transactions during the past 30 years, Duterte insisted all other candidates must be compelled to open all their accounts, too.
Premier gaming and entertainment destination in Sonoma County prepares to welcome new resort, spa, meeting space and pool
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Hundreds of construction tradesmen and women gathered together last April 26 along with leadership from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and business and community leaders to place the
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