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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Alabama v. Shelton
Citation:535 U.S. 654 (2002)
The Respondent, LeReed Shelton, represented himself at trial in a district court in Alabama. When the trial concluded, he was convicted of third-degree assault. He invoked his right to a new trial and once again appeared without a lawyer. He was again convicted. The court warned him about the problems of self-representation but did not offer him assistance of counsel at state expense. The Respondent was then received a jail term of 30 days. The trial court then immediately suspended the sentence, putting him on probation for two years. The Respondent appealed his conviction and suspended sentence on Sixth Amendment grounds.
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