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Defender Association of Philadelphia

Supreme Court Weighs In On Defendant’s Rights During Plea Bargains

The United States Supreme Court ruled for the first time that criminal defendants have a constitutional right to effective counsel during the plea bargaining stage of a case and they could be entitled to a new trial if their lawyer wasn’t up to par.


Man Released From Jail After 30-Years

A Philadelphia man walked out of the Criminal Justice Center a free man Wednesday, after spending the last 30-years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit.