Gideon V. Wainwright: The Right to Free Legal Counsel

Gideon V. Wainwright: The Right to Free Legal Counsel

by G. S. Prentzas
     
 

Unable to pay for a lawyer, a man arrested for breaking and entering was forced to defend himself in court, resulting in a sentence of five years in prison. Was this fair? That question took Gideon v. Wainwright all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was decided that state courts should be required to provide attorneys to defendants in criminal cases who cannot… See more details below

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Overview

Unable to pay for a lawyer, a man arrested for breaking and entering was forced to defend himself in court, resulting in a sentence of five years in prison. Was this fair? That question took Gideon v. Wainwright all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was decided that state courts should be required to provide attorneys to defendants in criminal cases who cannot afford their own. As stated by Justice Hugo Black, "Lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries." Gideon v. Wainwright is a vivid account of the judicial process that went into this landmark case.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791093832
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Great Supreme Court Decisions Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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