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July 2012 , Page 49 

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Defenders Tucker and Town Make a Difference on the Front Line (Gideon’s Champions)

By Bonnie Hoffman

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Defenders Tucker and Town Make a Difference On the Front Line

NACDL will use the months leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright to reflect upon the key role front-line indigent defenders play in fulfilling Gideon’s promise. Fighting tirelessly against the government, the courts, and the general public, indigent defenders assure that people who are often marginalized and forgotten by society have a voice, are heard, and are treated with dignity and respect. Defenders serve as a shield against unjust accusations and a sword against oppression.

It would be impossible to properly and fully honor each and every individual indigent defender. However, by highlighting the work of a few, NACDL hopes to honor the legacy they represent: “[T]o achieve a fair system of justice … require[s] us to recognize in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair tria

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