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Criminal Justice Act: At 50 Years, a Landmark in the Right to Counsel
On Aug. 20, 1964, the President signed into law the Criminal Justice Act, guaranteeing paid legal counsel for federal criminal defendants who could not afford it. Fifty years later, many hail the CJA and the federal defenders system as a shining success.

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In the latest On Topic interview, U.S. Judge Irene M. Keeley discusses the federal supervision system.

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Seven decades after D-Day, nearly 70 World War II veterans continue to serve on the federal bench, and many carry full workloads, even in their 80s and 90s.

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