Duquesne Law Review

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Monitoring the Plea Process


Susan R. Klein


Gideon v. Wainwright heralded a new age in American criminal prosecutions. With the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel incorporated into the Fourteenth Amendment and applied to the states, all suspects, rich or poor, might indeed have equal access to justice. Indigent black men in the South would have the same opportunity to fight felony criminal charges and would receive the same sentencing discounts of favorable guilty pleas as rich white Northerners, and the innocent would be accurately separated by adversarial testing from the guilty.

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