Gideon, Clarence Earl
Clarence Earl Gideon was born on August 30, 1910. He was accused in a Florida state court of felony theft, and his case resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright, holding that a criminal defendant who cannot afford to hire a lawyer must be provided with a lawyer at no cost. At Gideon's first trial, he represented himself, and he was convicted. After the Supreme Court ruled that the state had to provide defense counsel for the indigent, Florida retried Gideon. At his second trial, which took place in August 1963 with a lawyer representing him, Gideon was acquitted.
Gideon died on January 18, 1972.
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This collection includes a copy of the script, signed by screenwriter David Rintels, and stills of actors Henry Fonda, John Houseman and Jose Ferrer portraying characters in the film. It was originally shown on CBS as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame.