Gideon v. Wainwright 1963: Summary, Facts & Decision


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What was Clarence Gideon accused of in Gideon v. Wainwright?

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1. In Gideon v. Wainwright, how did Gideon petition the Supreme Court?

2. In Gideon v. Wainwright, why did Gideon want his conviction overturned?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These resources will help you assess your knowledge of Gideon v. Wainwright and the importance of its decision. You will be quizzed on the fundamentals of the case and its outcome.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In particular, you'll have to answer questions about:

  • Abe Fortas' role in Gideon v. Wainwright
  • How Clarence Gideon petitioned the court
  • Why Gideon petitioned the court
  • What all accused individuals must be provided because of Gideon's case

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about Clarence Gideon and his case from the lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why Gideon wanted his conviction overturned
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about this case and interpret its importance correctly

Additional Learning

For more details about this case, take a look at the lesson called Gideon v. Wainwright 1963: Summary, Facts & Decision. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Explore the circumstances surrounding Clarence Gideon
  • Examine his self-representation and how it led to his conviction
  • Analyze the precedent set by Betts v. Brady