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In Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the government must provide a criminal defense lawyer for any accused person who cannot afford one. But for too many people, Gideon's promise remains unfulfilled. In Texas, there are no statewide guidelines about who is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer. Instead, counties create their own rules that create serious gaps in constitutional protection. Getting Gideon Right investigates the financial standards that determine an accused person's eligibility for appointed counsel in Texas county courts. The report reveals a patchwork of county court policies that are both complex and severe.

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Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center


texas criminal law, appointed counsel, Gideon v. Wainwright, sixth amendment, right to counsel, indigent defense


Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Law | State and Local Government Law

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Getting Gideon Right