Gideon V. Wainwright Case

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The American judicial system is built on the idea that any person who is accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. There are many amendments that help protect the rights of the accused. The 6th Amendment guarantees the right of a speedy trial, the 7th guarantees trial by jury. In 1966, the Supreme Court decided Miranda v. Arizona, in a 5-4 vote for Miranda, which established a guarantee against self incrimination. This was very important for people that are accused of a crime because they are given the right to remain silent until they talk to their lawyer. Some argue that this law can put criminals back on the street, however I believe that it also protects the people that are innocent, but accused of a crime. As Justice Warren stated “Under any other rule, a constitution would indeed be as easy of …show more content…

Gideon v. Wainwright, 1963, established the right to a lawyer. In Gideon’s case this made a huge difference because he was found innocent, whereas without a lawyer he was found guilty. As Justice Black states in his opinion of the court, “We think the Court in Betts was wrong, however, in concluding that the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of counsel is not one of these fundamental rights.” I believe this is one of the most important rights given to the accused because they are able to have an experienced attorney defend them, which could be the difference between them being proven innocent or guilty. This is still an issue today with all the sexual harassment allegations. Just recently in November 2017, NBC host Matt Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct, however he had his rights, but confessed that he was guilty. Although, this is a much smaller scale each person is considered innocent until they are proven

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