Chasing Gideon

Chasing Gideon On March 18, 1963, The U.S Supreme Court Unanimously Ruled In Gideon V Wainwright That All Defendants Charged With A Crime Punishable By Imprisonment Of Than A Year Have The Constitutional Right To Free Legal Counsel If They Cannot Afford Their Own In The Fifty Years Since The Ruling, Including The Years Of The National War On Drugs, The Number Of Prosecutions In America S Courts Has Skyrocketed, Now Totaling Approximately 13 Million Each Year Today, An Estimated 80 Percent Of Defendants Are Served By Indigent Defense Chasing Gideon By Veteran Reporter Karen Houppert Examines The Legacy Of This Landmark Decision, Chronicling The Cases Of Defendants Across The Country Who Have Relied On Gideon S Promise Houppert S Investigation Takes Her From Washington State, Where Overextended Public Defenders Juggle Impossible Caseloads And New Orleans, Where Systemic Flaws Are So Pervasive At Every Level Of The Criminal Justice Apparatus That It Occasionally Nears Collapse To Georgia, Where An Underfunded Capital Defense Program Jeopardizes The Efficacy Of Counsel In Death Penalty Cases And Florida, Where Revisiting The Original Gideon Lawsuit Challenges Basic Assumptions About The Right To Legal Counsel For The Poor These Compelling Narratives Illuminate Reform Efforts As Well As The Critical Problems That Plague Indigent Defense In The United States, Helping Us To Understand How And Why It Is Failing, And What Can Be Done To Better Fulfill Gideon S Promise.A Half Century After Anthony Lewis Award Winning Gideon S Trumpet Chronicled The Story Of The Court Case That Changed The American Justice System, Chasing Gideon Picks Up Where Lewis S Book Left Off, Bringing Renewed Attention To An Essential Aspect Of Our Criminal Justice System And Offering Keen Insight Into How We Might Save It. Hooboy This was a chilling read on the state of indigent defense in the U.S fifty years after Gideon v Wainwright Clearly written for even a clueless layperson, Houppert does a deep dive on a handful of cases and the circumstances that created the systems around them including a look at New Orleans before after Katrina , and highlights how corruption and changes in criminal law since Gideon have undermined the promise of rigorous defense for the poor Houppert offers no easy solutions to th Hooboy This was a chilling read on the state of indigent defense in the U.S fifty years after Gideon v Wainwright Clearly written for even a clueless layperson, Houppert does a deep dive on a handful of cases and the circumstances that created the systems around them including a loo
I picked this book up a wee bit narcissistically A case I worked on, State v A.N.J is prominently featured In that case, a 12 year old boy pled guilty to sexual molestation after playing a game of Icky Poke U with a young girl He pled guilty on advice of counsel, the appointed public defender who had accepted a flat fee to represent just about anyone Grant County sent his way, meaning the faster he dealt with each case, the better his hourly rate was He pled not meaningfully understandin I picked this book up a wee bit narcissistically A case I worked on, State v A.N.J is prominently featured In that case, a 12 year old boy pled guilty to sexual molestation after playing a game of Icky Poke U with a young girl He pled guilty on advice of counsel, the appointed public defender who had accepted a flat fee to represent just about anyone Grant County sent his way, meaning the faster he dealt with each case, the better his hourly rate was
2013 was the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Gideon v Wainright, which determined that attorney representation in criminal cases is a Constitutional right For details, see my review of Gideon s TrumpetThis book examines how the country has been delivering on that decision for these fifty years, and unfortunately, the answer is very poorly Following a few specific cases of terrible mi
2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Gideon which, along with its progeny, requires that every criminal defendant who faces the possibility of jail must be given an effective lawyer at EVERY step of the process, from bail, through the first appeal However, in most states today, that Supreme Court order is honored mostly in the breach Public defenders are vastly over worked, under compensated, and given almost no support.Houppert sets out to examine the current 2013 is the 50th Anni
This book is about the haves and the have nots when it comes to criminal defense in the USA She tells the stories of overworked, underfunded public defenders and their clients, who miss out on their constitutional right to effective counsel She assesses the lack of progress in the 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon, but does not offer a solution It s clear again similar to my reaction to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Public defense is not currently funded on equal levels with prosecution that creates huge problems When the convicted of a defendant is challenged on the basis of inadequate representation, the very legitimacy of the conviction itself is call into question The criminal ju
Really, really important topic The book provides a lot of information about the indigent defense system in this country by giving real, personal examples If you think you could never be accused of and convicted of a crime you didn t commit, think again I can t say I enjoyed thi
Houppert follows the case of Gideon v Wainwright, establishing right to counsel, through its wildly uneven implementation in states where private prisons offer no incentive for funding good defense lawyers, complicated expert witness t
I had to read this book for my English class I am so glad I did, I knew absolutely nothing about Gideon s case and how it affects Public Defenders today, It is an amazing book showing us our justice system and it s flaws I am still astounded by funding and the real side to a Public attorney s profession, as well as a few cases I definitely recommend this book I had to read this book for my English class I am so glad I did, I knew absolutely nothing about Gideon s ca
An eye opening and largely depressing look at the state of legal counsel for indigent criminal defendants in the roughly 50 years since the Supreme Court case that established the right to have an attorney Gideon v Wainwright Some of what s presented is what you d expect public defenders lack resources, are overscheduled, and often struggle to properly prepare for trials, and jury selection is rigged away from being a true jury of peers for African American defendants But seeing it all pr An eye opening and largely depressing look at the state of legal counsel for indigent criminal defendants in the roughly 50 years since the Supreme Court case that established the right to have an attorney Gideon v Wainwright Some of what s presented is what you d expect public defenders lack resources, are overscheduled, and often struggle to properly prepare for trials, and jury selection is rigged away from being a true jury of peers for African American defendants But seeing it all presented with a human face and real cases just sends the message so effectively Of the two case studies, two are grimmer One, which takes place in New Orleans, which details just how messed up Louisiana jurisprudence is the guy served nearly 30 years for a crime he didn t com

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  • Hardcover
  • 274 pages
  • Chasing Gideon
  • Karen Houppert
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 1595588698