Nearly one million people who seek help for civil legal problems, such as foreclosures and domestic violence, will be turned away this year
. A new report by the Legal Services Corporation
, a non-profit
established by Congress in 1974 to ensure equal access to justice
, finds that legal aid programs turn away one person for every client served. The full report, "Documenting the Justice Gap in America" is available here
(pdf). The 2009 report is an update and expansion on a 2005 report (available here
) finding that 80% of the poor
lacked access to legal aid. [more inside]
It began with
an innocent-looking Valentine's Day card in 2005.
Inside the card were several slips of paper, a hastily cut-up printout of names of 550 secret detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The human rights lawyer who received "this weird valentine" handed it over to authorities, and this week the court martial begins for JAG LtCmdr Matthew Diaz, facing 36 years for divulging state secrets.
Whither goest thou, American Jurisprudence