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Jonathan Rapping wasn’t expecting the call. One night early last September, the founder of Gideon’s Promise, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that trains public defenders, answered his phone after one of his classes. The person had a brief message: Rapping would be …

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In 1963, the Supreme Court declared that states are obligated to provide a lawyer to anyone accused of a crime who cannot afford one. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the Court made clear that a lawyer is essential to ensure justice …

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When many kids his age were sitting down for cartoons, Jonathan Rapping was standing up for causes. He loved going to demonstrations and protests with his mother, a community organizer, activist and professor in Pittsburgh. She was particularly involved in …

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Criminal justice systems across the country have come to accept, and perpetuate, a shameful standard of justice for poor people. The basic humanity of the indigent accused is too often denied, and the democratic necessity of access to effective counsel …

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Chronicle of Philanthropy

Five nonprofit officials were named today among the 21 winners of the much-coveted fellowships awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, commonly referred to as the “genius” grants. Read Full Article  …

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jonathan Rapping, an Atlanta lawyer, laughs when he says he’s no genius but is deadly serious when he speaks about the plight of poor people charged with crimes. The United States, he says, “has come to accept an embarrassingly low …

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The Baltimore Sun

A law professor who is teaching Maryland’s public defenders to better serve their poor clients amid “crushing” caseloads is among the winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants. As founder of the Atlanta-based organization Gideon’s Promise, Jonathan Rapping works …

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The Wall Street Journal

CHICAGO—A mathematician offering his book free on the Internet, an engineer helping organizations redesign home stoves around the world to cut pollution and a cartoonist using graphics to explore family relationships will each get a boost in their pursuit of …

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The Washington Post

A poet, a cartoonist, a labor organizer and a physicist working to understand the organization of the human brain are among the 21 people chosen as this year’s MacArthur Fellows, a distinction that bears the affectionate title “genius grant” and …

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