Supreme Court Does...Something?
The US Supreme Court may or may not have held, in a case arising in Texas, that persons who are arrested have the right to an attorney at their bond hearing (known as an Article 15.17 hearing). Having only skimmed the ruling itself and discussed it with several other lawyers and judges, we have no idea what the hell it means or what effect, if any, it will have on the way things are currently done. Thanks, Souter! Right now, in Johnson County anyway, arrestees are advised by the magistrate judge that they have the right to an attorney and one is appointed as soon as they ask for one. In other counties, including apparently Gillespie, the county in the Supreme Court case, lawyers aren't appointed until indictment. Further updates as events warrant.
UPDATE: More on Rothgery, again from Grits.