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Margaret H. Marshall

Provide legal support to those most vulnerable

By Margaret H. Marshall
October 29, 2011

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Access to justice is best secured by - and perhaps requires - a lawyer. In Massachusetts, we provide lawyers free of charge to those accused of a crime if they cannot afford one, through the state-funded public defender system. As a retired Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, I know that this system - while not perfect - protects the basic rights of those accused of a crime by ensuring that they have access to a competent lawyer.

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