Two Utah papers react to ACLU-Utah report

BY Jon Mosher on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

In response to the ACLU of Utah's recent report on the state's failure to meet its constitutional right to counsel oblications, two Utah newspapers published editorials expressing appropriate shock and outrage.  "One thing that any self-respecting bunch of Don’t Tread On Me Utahns should be concerned about is the prospect of being arrested, cuffed and dragged into court without so much as a marginally competent attorney on hand to defend you," the Salt Lake Tribune wrote on August 28, 2011.  

"And even if one is not concerned with such constitutional niceties, or has enough money to hire their own gol-durn lawyer, thank you very much," the Tribune continued, "there are costs associated with being this cheap."  Likewise, the Deseret News editorialized on August 29, 2011, that "[w]hen the state fails to provide for adequate legal representation of indigents, it risks turning our legal system into a farce."


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