The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1963 Gideon v. Wainwright decision, with its great promise of equal justice, showed the Court at its very best. Forty years later, however, the Court and Congress have faltered in committing fully to those principles of fairness and equality. It's time to make the promise of Gideon a reality, says Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
What 'Gideon' Promised
March 28, 2003