Essential Pittsburgh
11:33 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Gideon v. Wainwright: 50 Years Later

Clarence Earl Gideon was a poor drifter accused in Florida of felony theft. He couldn't afford a defense attorney and his case resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright
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In 1963 the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution requires the states to provide defense attorneys to criminal defendants charged with serious offenses who cannot afford their own lawyer. We'll look at the impact of this Supreme Court decision with Pitt Law Professor David Harris. Read more about this landmark case.