Marking Gideon's Half-Century: The Continuing Struggle For Indigent Defense
We cannot overestimate the significance of Gideon. As Robert F.
Kennedy said, "If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon
had not sat down in his prison cell … to write a letter to the Supreme
Court … the vast machinery of American law would have gone on
functioning undisturbed. But Gideon did write that letter, the court did
look into his case … and the whole course of American legal history has
been changed." Read More