Hey Dad, will you tell me about the Gideon V. Wainwright case?
It all started when Gideon got in big trouble but he couldn't afford an attorney to represent him.
Oh no... let's keep walking and you can tell me both sides of the case.
Basically, the Supreme Court ruled that some of the constitutional rights only protected people from the infringement by the federal government.
What was Gideon's side of the case?
Gideon argued that fair trials cannot be assured unless everyone has the assistance of a lawyer. The average person does not have the knowledge, resources, and skill required to provide an adequate legal defense for themself.
Well, the right to have a free lawyer provided by the government has even become part of the Miranda warnings given to those arrested by the police
No way! So what was the final decision?
I am so glad that was the outcome. Thanks for telling me Dad.