Article Photos: Serious problems persist in indigent legal defense 2/2

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Half a century ago in a landmark decision, Gideon v. Wainwright on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court guaranteed a lawyer for criminal defendants who are too poor to afford one. But in many states today, taxpayer-funded public defenders face crushing caseloads, the quality of legal representation varies from county to county and people stand before judges having seen a lawyer only briefly, if at all. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)