One poor man's legacy

Gest, Ted
March 1993
U.S. News & World Report;3/22/93, Vol. 114 Issue 11, p19
Recounts the case of now-deceased Clarence Earl Gideon, in which 30 years ago this week justices declared that criminal defendants have a right to legal aid. Gideon's arrest due to stealing coins and alcohol from a Panama City, Fla., pool hall; His mailed appeal to the Supreme Court; The current status for poor defendants; Case overload for defense lawyers; Why the celebrations will be muted when the `Gideon' case's anniversary is marked with a congressional hearing; Details.


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