Bryan Stevenson, who gave the powerhouse talk “We need to talk about an injustice” at TED2012, appeared on Moyers & Company this past weekend. Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice In the episode, titled “And Justice For Some,” Moyers takes a hard look at systematic biases in the American legal system. The occasion for this episode — the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Gideon v. Wainwright, which established the right to legal representation for defendants unable to pay for it. The decision highlighted the ideal that the judicial system should function the same regardless of the defendant’s bank account.
Bryan Stevenson, a public-interest lawyer who represents the young, poor and incarcerated, knows that this sadly just isn’t the case. As he says: “We still have a system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.”