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The Right to Counsel: Past, Present, and Future

William M. Beaney
Virginia Law Review
Vol. 49, No. 6 (Oct., 1963), pp. 1150-1159
Published by: Virginia Law Review
DOI: 10.2307/1071050
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1071050
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

The steadily advancing right of indigent persons to have legal counsel appointed to represent them took a giant step in the last term of the Supreme Court, when the Court held that the state conviction of an indigent for a noncapital offense was invalid because his request for counsel had been denied. Professor Beaney examines the line of cases leading from the first assertion of a constitutionally protected right to counsel in Powell v. Alabama to its present stage of development. He concludes that this case, Gideon v. Wainwright, is only one more step on the path to a genuinely fair system of administering the criminal law and suggests a few areas in which the states can anticipate the Supreme Court's next moves.

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