U.S. v. Tools, South Dakota District Court

Lay advocates in tribal court do not trigger Sixth amendment rights, since they are not a “licensed professional attorney[s]”:

Thus, the issue before the court is whether a tribal public defender, who is not a licensed professional attorney but who appears in tribal court, is “counsel” within the meaning of the Sixth Amendment.

The court found that s/he was not.

U.S. v. Tools, South Dakota U.S. District Court

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