a week ago
January 15, 1963:
Oral arguments began in the case of Clarence Earl Gideon v. Wainwright on the matter of the right to counsel for all defendants facing incarceration. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the State must allow for all accused parties to obtain legal representation and if indigent, counsel would be appointed to them free of cost.
This landmark case made room for every accused party to be fairly represented by a Doctor of the Law, whether it be a paid lawyer or a Public Defender.
You are entitled to a lawyer any time you are fighting for your freedom, regardless of your race, age, gender, religion, or socioeconomic standing.