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Cases tagged as: due process clause
Boyer v. Louisiana
The Court initially granted cert to examine the defendant's right to a speedy trial where the indigent defendant required state counsel and where the court believed only issues of a lack of state funding for death penalty-qualified attorneys fees caused an almost seven year delay for trial. The court, however, dismissed 5-4 the writ of cert as improvidently granted (DIG) because of discovered other events that delayed trial, including defense continuance requests, Hurricane Rita, and pre-trial motions among others.
Kaley v. U.S.
134 S. Ct. 1090 (2014) (PDF)
Defendants were not entitled to challenge grand juryâ€™s probably cause determination, even when they claimed that protective order restraining their assets interfered with their ability to retain criminal defense counsel of their choice.
Turner v. Rogers
131 S. Ct. 2507 (2011) (PDF)
The Court held that indigent, noncustodial parents subject to a child support order are not constitutionally entitled to counsel at a civil contempt proceeding, even if the parent faces jail time.