THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 18, 1963: Gideon v. Wainwright

Clarence Earl Gideon. Source: Florida Memory.

#tdih 1963 The Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that states must provide a lawyer in criminal cases for defendants unable to afford their own. Watch a Democracy Now! segment on the film Gideon’s Armyto see challenges to the implementation of this ruling today.

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