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Archive for December 7th, 2008

Today I am talking to the author of the “A Public Defender’ blog who writes under the name of Gideon.  For British listeners a quick trip to Wikipedia threw some light on the name Gideon “Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), is a landmark case in United States Supreme Court history. In the case, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state courts are required under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants unable to afford their own attorneys or lawyers.

We talk about the system of public defenders in Connecticut,  the prosecutors and how judges are appointed .  Gideon provides a good snapshot.  We then talk about sentencing guidelines and the use of the death penalty in the United States.

Finally, because Gideon is an enthusiastic blogger and user of Twitter – we talk about blogging and Twitter!

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Listen to Podcast 82: With ‘Gideon’ – a US Public Defender.

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