Criminal Defendants Sometimes ‘Left Behind’ at Supreme Court, Study Shows
The quality of advocacy at the Supreme Court these days is quite high. “We have an extraordinary group of lawyers who appear very regularly before us,” Justice Elena Kagan said in 2014 at a Justice Department event.
But there was, she said, one exception. “Case in and case out,” she said, “the category of litigant who is not getting great representation at the Supreme Court are criminal defendants.”
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This issue likely presents itself at the state and local levels too public defenders frequently have fewer resources than county attorneys and prosecutors.