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Heritage: Gideon v Wainwright

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Heritage: Gideon v Wainwright
March 12, 2013 12:00 pm
March 12, 2013 1:00 pm
Heritage Foundation
February 19, 2013
Heritage Foundation HQ
214 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC, DC, 20002, United States

The Heritage Foundation and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers present Gideon at 50 Fundamental Right, Ongoing Challenge featuring

Stephen D. Benjamin President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Jim Bethke Executive Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Rhoda Billings Professor Emeritus, Wake Forest University School of Law,

and former Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court

Co-Hosted by

Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation and

Norman Reimer,  Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright and forever changed America’s criminal justice system.  No longer was the Sixth Amendment right to counsel available only to those with the means to afford it; it was there for everyone charged with a felony.  Since then, the right has been extended to include many misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency proceedings.  But half a century later, fulfilling the promise of Gideon remains a continuing challenge.  Join us as our distinguished panel of experts reflects on the continuing challenge of how to ensure access to this fundamental right and highlights promising state innovations.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

12:00 p.m.

The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20002 



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