Gideon v. Wainwright

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Fun Facts


Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, is a landmark case in United States Supreme Court history. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court established that the Fourteenth Amendment creates a right for criminal defendants who cannot pay for their own lawyers to have the state appoint attorneys on their behalf.


Gideon v. Wainwright is the reason that every time you get arrested and charged with a felony you are provided with a lawyer, if you cannot afford one.

Current Events

Poor criminal defendants need better legal counsel to achieve a just society


AP US Government and Politics

AP US Government and Politics




  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright?

  2. What was the most significant consequence of the ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright?

  3. Describe the connection between selective incorporationand Gideon v. Wainwright.

  4. How different would the U.S. be without the Gideon v. Wainwright ruling?

  5. Do you think the ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright was a good ruling?

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