Bibliographic Details

A sword for the convicted : representing indigent defendants on appeal / David T. Wasserman ; foreword by James B. Jacobs.

Author / Creator Wasserman, David T.
Imprint New York : Greenwood Press, 1990.
Description xxiv, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Series Contributions in criminology and penology 0732-4464 ; no. 30
Subject Appellate procedure -- New York (N.Y.)
Criminal procedure -- New York (N.Y.)
Legal aid -- New York (N.Y.)
Appellate procedure.
Criminal procedure.
Legal aid.
New York (State) -- New York.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 0313268819 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-263) and index.
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In an important (and troubling) empirical study that has significance well beyond New York City, Wasserman, a research scholar and former staff attorney with the local Legal Aid Society's Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB), examines the comparative performance of New York's appellate defenders--the assigned counsel of the Appellate Division and the CAB--and, by implication, the state of appellate representation of indigent criminal defendants in the US since the US Supreme Court's decision in Douglas v. California (1963). Part 1 examines the impact of Douglas on the nature of appellate representation, on the appellate courts, and on the organization of defense services. Part 2 presents an empirical study of criminal appeals in New York City, assessing the quality and impact of local appellate defenders, the allocation of the indigent case load, and the grounds on which appellate counsel sometimes prevail. Part 3 examines the implications of this research for the analysis of indigent appellate defense developed in Part 1. An insightful, sophisticated, perceptive work that should be read (and pondered) by every US judge, attorney, and case worker who deals with the criminal justice system. Good footnotes; adequate bibliography. Graduate students. -F. W. Neuber, Western Kentucky University

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