• Why You Get a Lawyer If You Can’t Afford One | Gideon v. Wainwright
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    Why You Get a Lawyer If You Can’t Afford One | Gideon v. Wainwright

    Mr. Beat presents Supreme Court Briefs Panama City, Florida June 3rd, 1961 Sometime between midnight and 8am, someone breaks into the Bay Harbor Poolroom and steals money from a cash register. One witness reported that they had seen a man named Clarence Earl Gideon walk out of the poolroom at around 5:30 that morning, walking out with a wine bottle and his pockets filled with wads of cash Gideon, a drifter who spent most of his adult life in and out of different prisons for nonviolent crimes, was an easy target. Police arrested him for breaking and entering and trying to steal. Well, as it turns out, Gideon had no…

  • Gideon v. Wainwright | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute
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    Gideon v. Wainwright | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute

    Male Presenter: In 1963, the Supreme Court declared that states are required to provide free legal counsel for any indigent defendant charged with a serious crime. Female Presenter: What was the nature of the case that dramatically altered our legal system and on what basis was it decided? This is the case of Gideon v. Wainwright. [music] Male Presenter: On June 3rd, 1961, the Pool Room bar in Panama City, Florida was robbed of a small amount of money and alcohol. Resident Henry Cook came forward and claimed to witness 51-year-old electrician Clarence Earl Gideon leave the bar with stolen items. Gideon, who had prior convictions for robbery, burglary and…

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    Getting a Handle on the Bill of Rights – Part 2

    Last time… on Knowing Better… So I decided to spend this weekend making him a life preserver, since I’ll be working with my hands I figured I’d help you learn the Bill of Rights by using your hands as well. Now to the third amendment, stick with me this one gets a little weird. Where is the detonator? Then I’ll sew these up and add some snaps and stuff to it, and you’ll get to see it in action next week when I finish the bill of rights. So last week we got through the first four amendments of the bill of rights. To recap, the first amendment has five…