From Andrew Cohen at The Atlantic:
August 5: The 50th anniversary of the start of the retrial of Clarence Earl Gideon. You may remember him as the indigent defendant who wrote from jail to the United States Supreme Court asking the justices to appoint him a lawyer after he had been quickly convicted without the right to one. You may remember him from Anthony Lewis' classic Gideon's Trumpet, about the Court's subsequent ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, which vindicated the man's rights. What you probably don't remember is that he was quickly acquitted after the Supreme Court granted him that second trial -- with a court-appointed lawyer.
For more on Gideon, visit (or re-visit) SBM President Bruce Courtade's March Michigan Bar Journal column.