Civics Court Case Planner

Civics Court Case Planner

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  • Oh my, where do I begin? 
  • 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.
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