Garcia examines the last 30 years of Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted clauses of the Sixth Amendment and sees therein an erosion of the defendant's rights in criminal proceedings. The book argues that the Court's recent interpretations of the amendment have favored a "crime control" ideology and stressed efficiency in justice being served rather than the protection of the ideal of a fair trial. The six chapters address the rights to counsel, confrontation, compulsory process, a speedy trial, and a jury. The conflict between the rights of a free press and the individual defendant's rights to a trial free of prejudicial publicity is also analyzed.
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