Given the harsh reality that the quality of justice that people get in this country often depends on how much money they have , is our society's aspiration toward "equal justice" attainable? Probably not. A criminal defendant's poverty is not necessarily inconsistent with zealous advocacy. But whether lawyers for the poor adequately protect their clients' rights in criminal cases is the subject of ongoing debate.
Bennett L. Gershman, Defending the Poor, Trial, Mar. 1993, at 47, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/941/.