Trailer For Sundance-Bound 'Gideon's Army' (On Idealistic Public Defenders Working In Deep South)

From Shadow and Act Mon Jan 14 2013, 17:51:40

Fascinating subject that I wouldn't have ever even considered as a documentary subject; needless to say, I'd love to see this. Titled Gideon's Army, from African American filmmaker Dawn Porter, the film tells the story of a group of the idealistic public defenders working in the Deep South, and the man who brought them together to train, mentor and turn into lawyers. This is Gideon's Army: In 1963, the landmark Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright guaranteed all defendants facing imprisonment the right to a lawyer. Now, every year millions of Americans facing trial rely on fewer than 15,000 public defenders, and the country's justice...

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