Gideon: Unfulfilled at 50

Victory! Michigan Turns the Corner on Public Defense Reform

Victory! Michigan Turns the Corner on Public Defense Reform

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:55pm
Hooray for Michigan! We now have a reason to cheer for Michigan that has nothing to do with the prowess of its sports teams. Last month, the Michigan legislature passed bills creating its first-ever statewide public defense system and, today, Governor Rick Snyder signed the bills into law.
Anthony Lewis's Trumpet

Anthony Lewis's Trumpet

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 12:25pm

When I was invited to give a speech in Florida this month as part of a fiftieth anniversary commemoration of the decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the first thing I did, of course, was to pull out my tattered copy of Gideon's Trumpet, Anthony Lewis's…

(Zealous, Properly-Resourced Defense) Lawyers for All!

(Zealous, Properly-Resourced Defense) Lawyers for All!

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 11:53am

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom." Clarence Darrow, 1920

Yesterday, we honored the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Gideon v Wainwright,…

Gideon Real Stories Project: Massive Caseloads in Memphis, Tennessee

Gideon Real Stories Project: Massive Caseloads in Memphis, Tennessee

By Sarah Solon, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 5:05pm

We have all heard cops in Hollywood assure suspects that if they cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for them. But is this promise actually fulfilled for people in the real world? This blog series presents the real stories about the state…

Too Many Still Wait to Hear Gideon's Trumpet

Too Many Still Wait to Hear Gideon's Trumpet

By Vanita Gupta, Center for Justice & Ezekiel Edwards, Director, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 11:38am

Fifty years ago, 52-year old drifter Clarence Earl Gideon was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced without a lawyer to five years imprisonment for stealing bottled drinks and vending machine coins...

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