Being penny-wise and justice-foolish

Op-ed by LaDoris Cordell
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, May 4, 2009

In the famous 1963 case of Gideon vs. Wainwright, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the state must provide lawyers for those charged with serious crimes who cannot afford them. The court recognized that “lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries” and that a fair trial was impossible without counsel for the defense.

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