Supreme Court Landmark Case Gideon v. Wainwright

Constitutional scholar Akhil Amar and former solicitor general Paul Clement talked about the 1963 Supreme Court decision in Gideon v.… read more

Constitutional scholar Akhil Amar and former solicitor general Paul Clement talked about the 1963 Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright. The guests also responded to viewer phone calls and social media comments. The case concerns Clarence Earl Gideon, a petty thief who spent his time in jail studying the law. In 1962 Mr. Gideon wrote a letter to the Court asking the justices to consider his appeal that his Sixth Amendment right to counsel had been denied at his trial. His case established a right to counsel for all accused criminals. Among the clips shown were a reenactment of the case with the plaintiff and the Florida judge who sent him to jail from a 1965 CBS News documentary; a portion of an interview with former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg on how justices deal with letters written from prisoners in a penitentiary; and a portion of an interview with former Florida assistant attorney general Bruce Jacob describing what it was like to argue before the Court. close

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Supreme Court Landmark Case Gideon v. Wainwright

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Program ID:
440870-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 26, 2018 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Mar 31, 2018 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1

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  • Mar 26, 2018 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 26, 2018 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 27, 2018 | 12:10am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 31, 2018 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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