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Appointed Counsel And Jury Trial: The Rights That Undermine The Other Rights, Russell L. Christopher Jan 2018

Appointed Counsel And Jury Trial: The Rights That Undermine The Other Rights, Russell L. Christopher

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Do the Sixth Amendment rights to appointed counsel and jury trial unconstitutionally conflict with defendants' other constitutional rights? For indigents charged with felonies, Gideon v. Wainwright guarantees the right to appointed counsel; for misdemeanors, Scott v. Illinois limits the right to indigents receiving the most severe authorized punishment-imprisonment. Duncan v. Illinois limits the right to jury trial to defendants charged with serious offenses. Consequently, the greater the jeopardy faced by defendants, the greater the eligibility for appointed counsel and jury trial. But defendants' other constitutional rights generally facilitate just the oppositeminimizing jeopardy by reducing charges, lessening the likelihood of guilt ...