The question before the Supreme Court at oral argument Tuesday: How important is the right of paying defendants to be represented by the lawyer of their choice? Quite important, bordering on fundamental, seemed to be the answer of most justices, ranging from Antonin Scalia to David Souter. The Court took a rare excursion into examining the merits and foibles of the legal profession in the lively argument -- during which Scalia invoked both the 1992 movie "My Cousin Vinny" and the "Twinkie defense."
High Court Debates Defendants' Right to Counsel of Choice
April 19, 2006