Broadening the Right to (Effective) Counsel?

It’s made the headlines that the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Texas defendant and Arizona defendant. (e.g. New York TimesCNN, Washington Post, LA Times, The Guardian).

Yet most of these headlines don’t even begin to explain the legal nuance of what this could mean. While I’d love to resolve this problem, I’m short on time with finals approaching. So, I’ll leave it to this post by Lyle Denniston on SCOTUSblog. Maybe if more developments happen with the cases, I’ll carve out some time to discuss them.

Definitely give the piece I linked to a read. It should give you a better understanding of just how important these cases may be to improving procedural protections for defendants.

-Zachary Cloud

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