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NY Finally Agrees to Fulfill its Constitutional Duty to Provide Adequate Public Defense

Gov Andrew Cuomo speaks

As of today, New Yorkers will be ensured access to a right that all people in the U.S. are entitled to. Which right is that? We all have the “right to counsel,” which in part means that if you are charged with a serious crime but cannot afford an attorney, the government must provide you with a defense attorney free of charge.* The basic

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Marriage equality now a reality for majority of Americans and 30 states (with 2 more in limbo)

Same sex wedding

As a result of Monday’s Supreme Court decision NOT to take up the issue of same-sex marriage (for now), same-sex marriage is now legal in 30 states, which includes roughly 165 million people, over half the U.S. population. The decision affected 11 states (Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina), so added to the previous 19 states (and DC) that have

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: No voting restrictions that would likely limit minority voting

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: The government may not place restrictions on voting that would likely have the effect of limiting voting by racial minorities. 1Voting Rights Act of 1965, codified at 52 U.S.C. § 10301(a); U.S. Constitution, 14th amendment Last year, North Carolina changed some of its voting rules. Today, just one month ahead of the November elections, a federal

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