It was on this day in 1963 that the Supreme Court handed down the Gideon decision, which guaranteed the rights of the accused to have a public defender in court.
On Monday, a divided Supreme Court said a court in a Louisiana murder case couldn’t accept a lawyer’s admission of his own client’s guilt over his client’s objections.
In Supreme Court arguments on Wednesday, the nine Justices will tackle a Sixth Amendment question about the proper role of attorneys in capital murder cases when a lawyer admits guilt over his client’s objections.
Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily's Supreme Court correspondent, looks at a Supreme Court case about racial bias expressed within the secret confines of a jury deliberation.
On Monday, the Supreme Court turned aside a plea to require jurors to satisfy the toughest legal test before they may vote to impose the death penalty, rejecting a new attempt by lawyers to further define an important Sixth Amendment ruling.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the Sixth Amendment issue of a right to counsel and the ability of public defenders to mount effective cases.
In an 8-1 decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled against Florida’s capital punishment scheme, which says that judges have the power to determine facts in death penalty cases.
Note: Landmark Cases, C-SPAN’s series on historic Supreme Court decisions—produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center—continues on Monday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET with the story of Miranda v. Arizona.
Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Luis v. United States. While case does not directly challenge the constitutionality of asset forfeiture as a practice, it highlights how the restraint of personal assets of a criminal defendant could raise due process concerns.
The Supreme Court justices have had some downtime recently, and the most-prominent jurist in the land had an interesting day on Wednesday in court as a prospective Maryland juror.