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Eric Holder calls on Washington to ‘stand up for’ basic ideals of justice

In a recent speech at the Justice Department, US Attorney General Eric Holder argued that legal disempowerment resulting from inadequate representation carries “a moral cost that’s impossible to measure – and undermine[s] the strength, integrity, and public trust in our legal system.”

He continued, “I also recognize that, in purely economic terms, [wrongful convictions and unjust sentences] drain precious taxpayer resources — and constitute an outrageous waste of court funds on new filings, retrials, and appeals just because the system failed to get it right the first time.”

Read the full original article, ‘Eric Cantor: A ‘State of Crisis’ for the Right to Counsel‘, on the Atlantic website.

March 18, 2013 | Namati

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