Gideon v. Wainwright: The Right to Free Counsel

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ELEVEN
GIDEON TODAY

IN 2003, FORTY YEARS AFTER the Gideon ruling, people involved in the case looked back. One was reporter and author Anthony Lewis, who covered Gideon v. Wainwiight for the New York Times and wrote a best-selling book about the case called Gideon's Trumpet.

Speaking of how he felt in 1963, Lewis said: [After the Supreme Court decision, I recognized that it would be, as I wrote then, 'an enormous social task to bring to life the dream of Gideon v. Wainwright—the dream of a vast, diverse country in which every man charged with crime will be capably defended … sure of the support needed to make an adequate defense.']

And how well did the nation's criminal justice system do bringing this dream to life? Abe Krash, a member of Arnold, Fortas & Porter, helped Fortas put the case together. Looking back forty years, he said:

It is true that the high hopes entertained by Fortas
and Black in 1963 have not been completely ful-
filled. At the time, many of us did not fully appre-
ciate that it is not enough to guarantee that a
defendant has a lawyer at his side; the critical
questions are whether that lawyer is qualified to try
a criminal case, and whether the accused has the
financial resources to conduct an investigation

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 7
  • One - How It All Began 11
  • Two - Gideon Gets a Lawyer 21
  • Three - A Look at the Past 31
  • Four - Betts V. Brady 44
  • Five - Beyond Betts 48
  • Six - The Briefs 56
  • Seven - Amicus Curiae 72
  • Eight - The Oral Argument 79
  • Nine - The Ruling 91
  • Ten - Reactions 103
  • Eleven - Gideon Today 109
  • Twelve - Gideon's Fate 116
  • Notes 125
  • Further Information 134
  • Bibliography 137
  • Index 139
  • About the Author 144
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