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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Lee
Boykin v. Alabama
Citation:395 U.S. 238 (1969)
Boykin (Petitioner), an African-American man, was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to a series of robberies. He was appointed counsel and entered a plea of guilty. In the state of Alabama, the crime of common-law robbery carried a death sentence. He appealed, challenging the validity of his guilty plea because the judge had asked no questions of him concerning his plea, and he had not addressed the court.
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