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Defending Gideon

In 1963, Clarence Earl Gideon was charged with breaking into a pool hall. He could not afford a lawyer to defend him in court, and after a hasty trial, he was convicted. Had Gideon accepted his fate, he’d have been imprisoned for five years.  But Gideon did challenge his conviction — all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

A landmark case to fight legal injustice

Defending Gideon, narrated by actor Martin Sheen, highlights the importance of a system that guarantees representation for all—and the dire consequences when that system fails.

Roni Lagin & Co. worked with The Constitution Project and The New Media Advocacy Project to create the film logo, DVD packaging, DVD menu and theatrical poster. Defending Gideon premiered at the United States Justice Department on March 18, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Gideon v. Wainwright.

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