A recent study found that poor criminal defendants in Philadelphia who were represented by court-appointed private lawyers were more often found guilty and sentenced to more time in prison than similarly situated defendants represented by public defenders. In this column, we review the details of the study, its findings, and its ethical and constitutional implications.
Sixth Amendment, public defenders, constitutional rights of the accused, ethical obligations of defense counsel
Place of Original Publication
27 (1) Criminal Justice 46 (2012)
Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C., "Does the Lawyer Make a Difference? Public Defender v. Appointed Counsel" (2012). Faculty Publications. 37.