A little more than 50 years ago, on March 18, 1963, a unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the right to counsel is absolutely fundamental for any system of criminal justice to be fair. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the Court explained that lawyers in a criminal trial are "necessities, not luxuries."
Editorial: Gideon For The Middle Class
The Connecticut Law Tribune
May 2, 2013
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