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Law: Gideon Vs Wainright

Law: Gideon vs Wainright

The framers formed this country with one sole document, the Constitution, which they
wrote with great wisdom and foresight. This bountiful wisdom arose from the unjust
treatment of King George to which the colonists were subject. Among these violations
of the colonists rights were inequitable trials that made a mockery of justice. As a
result, a fair trial of the accused was a right given to the citizens along with other
equities that the framers instilled in every other facet of this countrys government.
These assurances of the citizens rights stated in the bill of rights. In the Sixth
Amendment, it is stated that, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the
right…to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.” A first reading of this phrase
one might be think that this right, that which gives a person accused of a crime to
have lawyers for his defense, is common knowledge being that it is among the most
basic rights given to the citizenry of the public. However, the simple manner in which
this amendment is phrased creates a “gray area”,

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