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  1. I couldn’t agree more.

    And now let’s discuss the constitutional right to (effective) assistance of counsel generally, which is routinely ignored in this country, hence Stephen Bright’s* conclusion that “No constitutional right is celebrated so much in the abstract and observed so little in reality as the right to counsel.”

    And thus the need for this: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=711225

    *Bright is Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights: http://www.schr.org/

  2. Renee Hutchins says:

    Well said. While the Court’s decisions garner the lion’s share of the media attention, it is the Court’s case selection that is equally deserving of scrutiny. The cert denials you identify are significant, but sadly just the tip of a very large iceberg. It is difficult to imagine that Skilling’s case is representative of even the tiniest fraction of the cases in that mass that are worthy of review. Thanks for shedding some much needed light on the issue.