Defendants Deserve Effective Counsel: ABA To High Court

Law360, New York (July 25, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT) -- The American Bar Association on Friday told the U.S. Supreme Court that defendants should have the right to effective counsel, siding with two men who were convicted and received greater sentences than were initially offered in plea agreements.

In its amicus curiae brief, the ABA asked the court to uphold the lower courts’ rulings that a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel at the plea stage.

“The fact that nearly 95 percent of criminal convictions now result from guilty pleas makes...
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