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Justice for all: Legal aid deserves support (AK) (Opinion)
Saturday, September 16, 2017
- Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Justice for all: Legal aid deserves support
"Justice is and always has been a fundamental American value. The framers of our Constitution were explicit in declaring that one of the main reasons for having a constitution was "to establish justice," listing it ahead of "insure domestic tranquility" and "provide for the common defence." They recognized how central this value is to a free and fair society worth defending.
We know that when someone is charged with a crime, that person has the right to an attorney. But what about a woman who needs an order of protection after her abuser gets arrested for punching her in front of their small children? Or a family defrauded by a scam artist who promised to repair their flood-stricken home? People who face serious crises like these have no right to a court-appointed attorney and usually do not have the financial resources to hire an attorney..."