Monday, March 18, 2013

Gideon Turns 50

The Supreme Court decided unanimously that Earl Gideon had a right to be represented by a court-appointed attorney in his trial for breaking and entering. That was 50 years ago today, in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), available on Justia and on Google Scholar. You can read a summary and hear the oral argument on the Oyez Project.

The National Law Journal has several articles marking the anniversary (all dated March 18, 2013):
Earl Gideon file from Fla. Div. of Corrections
Graphic credit: Florida Dep't of Corrections, Florida Corrections Centuries of Progress timeline(includes other images related to the case).

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