Gideon v. Wainwright is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the court ruled that indigent criminal defendants have a constitutional right to a court-appointed attorney.
Articles marking Gideon's anniversary also note that the right to effective counsel for indigent criminal defendants is still more aspirational than a reality. News @ Northeastern "3Qs: The lasting impact of historic Gideon Ruling" is a clear overview of the importance of this decision and the difficulties of implementation.
The U.S. Department of Justice also offers their tribute: Fifty Years Later the Legacy of Gideon v. Wainwright, links to related news and blog posts. The DoJ also provides information on work and initiatives on access to justice.
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