Preview: And Justice for Some

March 28, 2013

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright established the constitutional right of criminal defendants to legal representation, even if they can’t afford it. The Court ruled there shouldn’t be one kind of justice for the rich and another for the poor, but the scales of the American legal system still tilt heavily in favor of the white and wealthy. On this week’s Moyers & Company, attorney and legal scholar Bryan Stevenson exposes the system’s failures, and ongoing struggles at the crossroads of race, class and justice.

Later on the show, Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien, authors of Murder at the Supreme Court, join Bill to share the human stories behind the evolution of capital punishment in America, and the death penalty’s fatal flaws.

The broadcast closes with a Bill Moyers Essay on the hypocrisy of “justice for all” in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside.

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  • I Got Hung Up Silly

    With mentalities like Governor Rick Perry of Texas allowing possible innocent citizens like Hank Skinner to be executed without the ability of even being able to prove ones non~guilt via DNA testing,Criminal Defense Lawyers mean everything..

  • kirby

    As a liberal,populist,atheist, nativeTexan,I deplore the stranglehold that Perry and the religious
    fundamentalist Republicans have on my state,
    especially in situations like the Hank Skinner affair, but also in situations like their call for teaching creationism in our schools, refusing to fund education and social services adequately, and so very much more. I would ask that people have an idea of Texas more like that represented by LBJ (the civil rights laws and the war on poverty), Molly Ivins,Jim Hightower, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Ann Richards, Bill Moyers, John Henry Faulk, Rep. Barbara Jordan, U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough, Don Yarborough, civil rights leader James Farmer Jr.(born in Marshall,Texas), Rep.
    Henry B. Gonzalez,and others to numerous to mention. Texas has a liberal,populist tradition that may not be wide, but is long-standing, deep, and abiding.It is my hope that someday the people of Texas will turn out these small-minded, mean-spirited,backward,religious fundamentalists and
    reclaim our status as the state where populism got its start.

  • I Got Hung Up Silly

    The State of Texas allowing Governor Rick Perry’s demonic posse to lose~destroy crucial possible life saving Hank Skinner DNA evidence & then still be allowed to execute a possible innocent American,is not religious mentalities at work,it’s Satans..

  • kirby

    There is no satan and no god.