SCOTUS: Justices Grapple With Issue of Right to Lawyers in Child Support Cases

Justices Grapple With Issue of Right to Lawyers in Child Support Cases

On March 23, the Court heard oral argument in Turner v. Rogers (No. 10-10).

Members of the Supreme Court appeared frustrated during an argument about whether poor people facing jail time for failing to pay child support are entitled to court-appointed lawyers.

The case involved a South Carolina man, Michael D. Turner, who was repeatedly held in civil contempt and jailed for as much as a year at a time for not paying child support.

Amicus Brief – the Brennan Center for Justice:  http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/turner_v._rogers_amicus_brief/

SCOTUSBLOG article:  http://www.scotusblog.com/2011/03/argument-preview-right-to-counsel-for-civil-contempt-cases/

NPR:  http://www.npr.org/2011/03/23/134736601/supreme-court-weighs-rights-of-deadbeat-parents?ft=1&f=1001

NYT:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/us/24scotus.html?_r=1&src=twrhp

ACLU:  http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/aclu-urges-state-supreme-court-affirm-right-counsel-indigents

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