The Law: Of Families & Fools

Few constitutional phrases are expanding faster than the Sixth Amendment's guarantee that every criminal defendant shall "have the assistance of counsel for his defense." In 1963, the Supreme Court extended that right to all defendants in all state criminal trials (Gideon v. Wainwrighf). In 1964, the Court ruled that a suspect is entitled to a lawyer as soon as the police start grilling him in the station house (Escobedo v. Illinois). Lower courts are now catching on fast. Items:

> In New York, the State Supreme Court's Appellate Division reversed a murder conviction...

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