Public Defenders And The Legacy Of Gideon Vs. Wainwright

Source: Kojo Nnamdi Show, April 17, 2013

It’s been half a century since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants must be given a lawyer, even if they can’t afford to pay. Today, about 80 percent of criminal defendants rely on a public defender. But many public defenders face crushing caseloads that make it hard to give adequate time and energy to each client. Kojo explores representation for indigent defendants and asks what overworked public defenders mean for the criminal justice system.

Jonathan Rapping
President and Founder, Gideon’s Promise; Professor, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School; Former Staff Attorney and Training Director, D.C. Public Defender Service

Karen Houppert
Journalist; Lecturer, Morgan State University; Author, “Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice” (The New Press, 2013)

AJ Kramer
Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia

Gideon’s Promise
“Sequestration Impact on Federal Public Defenders” (Huffington Post)
“Gideon’s Muted Trumpet” (Paul Butler, New York Times)
“Gideon’s Army” (HBO film)
So You Want to Learn More About the Gideon Case? (The Atlantic)