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indigent

1) n. a person so poor and needy that he/she cannot provide the necessities of life (food, clothing, decent shelter) for himself/herself. 2) n. one without sufficient income to afford a lawyer for defense in a criminal case. If the court finds a person is an indigent, the court must appoint a public defender or other attorney to represent him/her. This Constitutional right of counsel for the indigent was determined by Gideon v. Wainright in 1963, when a penciled letter from a prisoner came to the attention of prominent Washington attorney Abe Fortas, who carried the case to the Supreme Court for free. Fortas later became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. 3) adj. referring to a person who is very poor and needy.

See: bankrupt, destitute, impecunious, penurious, poor
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At trial, severe underfunding for state indigent defense systems has led to low pay, little support, and extreme caseloads--which combine to create conditions where lawyers simply cannot represent clients adequately.
In cases involving indigent clients, the holistic defense philosophy recognizes that a resolution to the legal matter at hand is not the client's only concern; for example, some indigents may have substance abuse problems, mental health challenges, or immigration concerns.
(151.) While there are no states that appoint counsel for the assistance in preparing an application for appellate review, Ohio is an example of a state that appoints counsel to help indigents draft, research, and file an application for reopening a capital case.
Most of those who are arrested and prosecuted are indigent, and the Supreme Court has ruled that the government has a constitutional obligation to provide lawyers for people who cannot afford to hire their own.
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