Before Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), criminals were not give an  attorney if they were too poor for one.

Before Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), criminals were not give an attorney if they were too poor for one.

The Supreme Court . Expanding Civil Rights . Landmark Cases . Roe v. Wade (1973) | PBS

The Supreme Court . Expanding Civil Rights . Landmark Cases . Roe v. Wade (1973) | PBS

2B Gideon v. Wainwright

2B Gideon v. Wainwright

Gideon v. Wainwright, 50 Years Later, Did Clarence Gideon Write His Appeal? Part 1 | David J. Shestokas

Gideon v. Wainwright, 50 Years Later, Did Clarence Gideon Write His Appeal? Part 1 | David J. Shestokas

'Gideon v. Wainwright', Fifty Years Later | The Nation In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful.  Stephen B. Bright and Sia M. Sanneh  Read more: 'Gideon v. Wainwright', Fifty Years Later | The Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/173458/gideon-v-wainwright-fifty-years-later#ixzz2ZKHo8oCv  Follow us: @Steve Fischer on Twitter | TheNationMagazine on Facebook

'Gideon v. Wainwright', Fifty Years Later | The Nation In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful. Stephen B. Bright and Sia M. Sanneh Read more: 'Gideon v. Wainwright', Fifty Years Later | The Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/173458/gideon-v-wainwright-fifty-years-later#ixzz2ZKHo8oCv Follow us: @Steve Fischer on Twitter | TheNationMagazine on Facebook

In 1961 Clarence Earl Gideon was charged with breaking and entering into a Panama City, Florida, pool hall and stealing money from the hall's vending machines. At trial, Gideon, who could not afford a lawyer himself, requested an attorney be appointed to represent him, but his request was denied. He later handwrote a postcard, appealing to the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court heard his case and agreed in 1963 that the Constitution requires states to provide counsel to indigent defendants.

In 1961 Clarence Earl Gideon was charged with breaking and entering into a Panama City, Florida, pool hall and stealing money from the hall's vending machines. At trial, Gideon, who could not afford a lawyer himself, requested an attorney be appointed to represent him, but his request was denied. He later handwrote a postcard, appealing to the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court heard his case and agreed in 1963 that the Constitution requires states to provide counsel to indigent defendants.

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