I just wish that Stabler would chill the fuck out, and recognize that people have a right to lawyer up. No amount of wall punching and glowering is going to change that. I know you have a tough job and all, but like, it’s not (featured guest actor of the week)’s responsibility to make it easier.
Fucking cops, man.
Yesterday marked half a century since the Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright. It’s an extraordinary case that had extraordinary impact.
Gideon was arrested for stealing a few odds and ends from a bar. Unable to afford an attorney and refused one by the court, he represented himself and ended up in prison. While there, he researched the law and came to the conclusion that denying him an attorney on the basis of his inability to pay was unconstitutional. When his letters to this effect (sent to the FBI and the state court) fell on deaf ears, he wrote a handwritten petition to the US Supreme Court , asking them to hear his case.