If you've heard of Clarence Earl Gideon at all, it's probably because of a movie you had to watch in school. He deserves better, though, because 50 years ago Monday he fundamentally changed the American legal system and your rights if you are accused of
Clarence Earl Gideon had an eighth grade education and a long criminal history. He had been sentenced to prison for the fifth time. Upon his arrival he began to study law for long hours in the prison library.
Facts and Case Summary - Gideon v. Wainwright
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Bryan Stevenson on Evening the Odds in American Justice by BillMoyers.com. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright established the constitutional right of criminal defendants to legal representation, even if they can’t afford it. The Court ruled there shouldn’t be one kind of justice for the rich and another for the poor, but the scales of the American legal system still tilt heavily in favor of the white and wealthy. Attorney and legal