Gideon redux. Elite lawyers avoid Supreme Court criminal cases. Leave it to novices.

Tony Mauro

How Bad is Criminal Defense Advocacy at the Supreme Court?

A long-simmering problem in U.S. Supreme Court practice is gaining new attention: the allegedly sorry state of advocacy at the court on behalf of criminal defendants. As the Supreme Court relies more and more on the specialized Supreme Court bar, criminal defendants are still represented mainly by “novice” advocates. Some dispute the magnitude of the problem, and any possible remedy may run up against the long-standing culture of resistance by criminal defense lawyers who are loath to give up cases they have handled for years. READ MORE »

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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