Gideon’s Army

Everyone deserves the best defense. They fight for it.

Three young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justice is served for the people society would rather forget. 

Bill Moyers Essay: The Hypocrisy of ‘Justice for All’

Bill reports on the hypocrisy of “justice for all” in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside. Turns out true justice — not just the word we recite from the Pledge of Allegiance — is still unaffordable for those who need it most. Bill says we’ve “turned a deaf ear” to the hopeful legacy of Gideon vs. Wainwright, the 50-year-old Supreme ruling that established the constitutional right of criminal defendants to legal representation, even if they can’t pay for it. Read More and Watch Video

Public Defenders' Brave Struggle

Public Defender Travis Williams doesn't have the resources to test fingerprints. His client faces 10 years to life in prison, but Williams operates on a shoestring budget. So he does what he has to do. He tricks the prosecutor into testing the fingerprints by making a motion to have them barred as evidence. Read More

For Fairness, Fix Indigent Defense

It’s past time for Michigan to take meaningful action on its inadequate system of indigent defense.The state’s lack of a uniform system for assuring that those who can’t afford their own attorney get adequate representation has, too often, led to inadequate representation. Read More

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