The Supreme Court: Winner Take Nothing

One of the loudest complaints against the Supreme Court is that it "frees criminals" almost every time it tightens state criminal procedures. But what actually happens when the court rules in favor of criminal appellants? A remarkable number are later reconvicted in state courts, winning only the honor of having their names pinned to historic decisions that establish rights for others.

For three decades, the court has slowly extended the right to counsel in a series of decisions that were often Pyrrhic victories for theappellants involved. Items:

> Powell v. Alabama (1932) ordered states for the first time to provide...

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