Assistant Federal Public Defenders Dani Jahn and Jonathan Jeffress discuss the importance of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright with a group of school teachers.
Fifty years after Gideon v. Wainwright redefined and reaffirmed a criminal defendant’s right to counsel, the U.S. Courts have unveiled a series of courtroom-ready and classroom-ready activities to provide a teen-age perspective on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, which was decided on March 18, 1963.
The activities were launched in a January program, at the Washington, D.C., district court. Teachers from across the nation re-enacted the case, and then discussed a wide range of questions with assistant federal public defenders. View the audio slideshow and listen to assistant federal public defenders discuss the importance of the right to counsel.