Letter to ACLU Legal Director

Clarence Gideon1962

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

From prison, Clarence Gideon wrote this letter to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding his legal representation before the Supreme Court. Gideon was denied an attorney during his original trial for burglary, so he asked the Court to hear his case. They agreed, ruling that defendants like Gideon must also be guaranteed the right to counsel in state courts.



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