Rights of defendants diminished again / How the two “major” parties resist democracy _ on Project Censored

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Eleanor Goldfield hosts this week’s show. This past May, the US Supreme Court narrowed the protection of the Sixth Amendment, by ruling that a person convicted of a crime cannot cite ineffective legal representation in state court as grounds for appeal to the federal courts. In the first half of today’s program, attorney Mark Loudon-Brown explains the implications of that decision. Then in the second half-hour, Eleanor examines some of the ways big-party power brokers attempt to block third parties from the ballot, and constrain the influence of grassroots activists.

Mark Loudon-Brown is a senior attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights (www.schr.org), and previously was a public defender in New York City. He holds law degrees from New York University and Georgetown University.

Host / Producer: Eleanor Goldfield

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