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Coleman v. Alabama
Citation:399 U.S. 1, 90 S.Ct. 1999, 26 L.Ed.2d 387.
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The defendants were convicted in an Alabama Circuit Court of assault with intent to murder after shooting someone who parked their car on an Alabama highway to change a flat tire.
At the preliminary hearing, they were not appointed counsel. They appealed, arguing that the preliminary hearing prior to their indictment was a “critical stage” of the prosecution and that Alabama’s failure to provide them with appointed counsel at the hearing therefore unconstitutionally denied them the assistance of counsel.
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