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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Coleman v. Alabama
Citation:399 U.S. 1, 90 S.Ct. 1999, 26 L.Ed.2d 387.
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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