Barker v. Wingo, Gideon v. Wainwright, and Vermont v. Brillon discuss principles and declarations of rights that can be used effectively in future cases. However, the foregoing cases and discussion demonstrate the need for a more responsive jurisprudence regarding speedy trial rights and the indigent defendant’s right to counsel. As a step towards addressing these issues, this Note proposes that future Supreme Court decisions should acknowledge the effects indigent defense systems have on the quality of legal presentation provided to indigent defendants. By doing so, the Court will help realize the promise of Gideon and ensure the protection of constitutional rights for indigent defendants.
The Silence of Gideon’s Trumpet: The Court’s Inattention to Systemic Inequities Causing Violations of Speedy Trial Rights in Vermont v. Brillon, 129 S. Ct. 1283 (2009),
89 Neb. L. Rev.
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