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50 years later, court budget cuts threaten Gideon v. Wainwright decision




The U.S. Supreme Court building is draped in a photo-realistic sheet during a repair and preservation project December 7, 2012, 2012 in Washington, DC
The U.S. Supreme Court building is draped in a photo-realistic sheet during a repair and preservation project December 7, 2012, 2012 in Washington, DC
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Fifty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that in criminal cases, state courts must provide counsel for defendants who are unable to afford an attorney.

The case was Gideon v. Wainwright, and though it's a half-century old, the decision may be more timely than ever due to budget cuts on the California court system.

For more on this issue, we're joined now by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California's chief justice.