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This Week in 1963: Assistance of Counsel Held a Fundamental Right


Clarence Earl Gideon, of Gideon v. Wainwright, circa 1963





Clarence Earl Gideon, an unlikely hero, circa 1961.

On March 17, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

On March 18, 1963, Gideon v. Wainwright  was decided, held:  Assistance of Counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial; Clarence Gideon’s conviction was reversed and with the assistance of counsel was ultimately found not guilty.

On March 19, 1891, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Earl Warren was born.

On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz federal penitentiary closed.

Quote: “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” -Anonymous