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  • 50 years after Gideon – The Supreme Court’s unanimous Gideon decision in 1963 required that everyone accused of a serious crime – rich or poor – is entitled to a defense lawyer.  But Tim O’Brien found a mixed result.  In some places the Gideon defendants are adequately represented but in too many others they are not; taxpayers cannot or do not want to pay for poor people’s legal defense.
  • Christmas Peace – “Peace on Earth” is a major theme this time of year. According to the Christmas story in the Bible, angels proclaimed that message when they announced the birth of Jesus.  But how do contemporary Christians understand that in an often chaotic world?  Kim Lawton talks with Christians about what peace on earth means to them.


Lindsey Bernstein


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