TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 18, 2016

March 18 marks the anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognized that people who are charged with crimes are entitled to legal counsel even if they cannot afford to pay for it themselves. The day has now been dubbed Public Defense Day. Kira Fonteneau, an Alabama public defender, writes on Al.com about the importance of ensuring all defendants receive a fair trial. “Justice is only possible when it is extended to all parties in the criminal system,” she writes.