Source: The New York Times

A recent editorial spotlights how being too poor to hire a lawyer in a criminal felony case  should not be a barrier to counsel; one must be provided freely by the jurisdiction as the Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago in Gideon v. Wainwright.  However, jurisdistions have found ways to shirk this responsibility to the detriment of those who have no other recourse.  

Read the editorial in the New York Times.