Over 53 years ago, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. In that case, the Court held that the right of an indigent defendant in a criminal trial to have the assistance of counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial. Clarence Earl Gideon’s trial and conviction, which took place with Gideon representing himself and completely without the assistance of counsel, was found to be in violation of the 14th Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled that the United States Constitution requires the states to provide defense attorneys to criminal defendants charged with serious offenses who cannot themselves afford lawyers. In its opinion, the Supreme Court stated:
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The holidays are upon us, and while many folks are rushing around catching the sales for the hottest items of the year, many others are wondering if they will be able to make ends meet this month.
In my ongoing effort to keep local hoops fans informed and educated about the rules of the game of basketball, I thought it would be a good idea to give everyone some advance warning about recent changes in the rules that are going to result in more whistles this year, especially early in the season.
Recently, during an email exchange with a co-worker, we were discussing the upcoming holidays and how we were excited, but at the same time not so excited about them. We started talking about Thanksgiving recipes and what we were planning to make, how much we were going to eat and how bad we would feel after eating so much. After that, the topic of Christmas came up. I told my friend that out of all of the holidays, “X-mas” is the one that I look forward to the least. I shared that I am actually dreading that the holiday is right around the corner. I am not looking forward to all the rushing, the stress and, of course, spending money. First, she corrected me that it is not “X-Mas,” it is Christmas. She then wrote me the following email:
Nearly every family has to face the agonizing decision at some point to have a loved one placed in a nursing home. The stress of that experience is terrible and can unleash a torrent of guilt, anguish, sorrow and concern. When faced with this onslaught of emotions, oftentimes the one through line we cling to in these situations is the hope that that our loved ones will remain comfortable and safe so they can enjoy what quality of life remains. Tragically, that comfort sometimes proves elusive once the paperwork is signed and our loved one is admitted to the home. Unfortunately serial neglect in a nursing home, which leads to death, remains a serious problem.
This Sunday, Nov. 27, begins the season of Advent in many Christian churches. Advent will last for four weeks and end on Christmas Eve. Many of us are familiar with Advent candles, Advent wreaths and Advent calendars. But what is Advent all about and what part should we play?
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated every year in November. The holiday was first celebrated by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians in 1621. In 1863, President Abe Lincoln declared that there be a Thanksgiving Day every year in November. Everyone has Thanksgiving traditions that usually consist of food, family, friends, football, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and more. It is also a day to give thanks for all of the blessings in life. In honor of the special holiday, some of the Bordas & Bordas attorneys and staff have collaborated to share their favorite memories about Thanksgiving.
I write a Thanksgiving blog every year. But I have a confession to make: this year’s blog was a hard one for me to write. To be honest, it’s been a pretty rough year. My mom died unexpectedly in July. Then in October my dad learned that his lung cancer had returned. Needless to say, both of these things are still weighing heavy on my heart.
Every year on Black Friday, people take to the stores to get a bargain on gifts they are buying for a loved one or on something they just can’t live without, all because of a “deal.” I know that some of the deals on this day are awesome, but is it worth it to push, shove and be disrespectful to your fellow shoppers? Over the years, we have heard horror stories about people being knocked down, trampled and some even dying as a result of such antics on Black Friday.
Some recent events caused me to remember something I saw over the summer. I’m no tennis fan, but I happened to catch a few moments of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The TV coverage showed the door the players use to get to Centre Court, one of the most famous venues in all of sport. Above the doorway is a quote that reads: