The Yale Law Journal

John H. Blume


Gideon Exceptionalism?

John H. Blume & Sheri Lynn Johnson

122 Yale L.J. 2126 (2013).

There is no doubt that Gideon v. Wainwright is extraordinary, but in thinking about its uniqueness, we are reminded of “American exceptionalism” and the diametrically opposed meanings that advocates have ascribed to the phrase. Gideon too is exceptional, in both the laudato…