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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Gideon case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • witness
    Definition: A person who is called to testify before a court
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • legal defense
    Definition: Lawyer for a defendant and other resources necessary to dispute the correctness of the charges against a defendant
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • entitled
    Definition: Qualified for by right according to law
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • felony
    Definition: A serious criminal offense punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • indigent
    Definition: Poor
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?

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