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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Gideon v. Wainwright
Citation:372 U.S. 335, 83 S.Ct. 792, 9 L.Ed.2d 799.
The defendant was charged with a felony in a Florida state court for breaking into a poolroom. The defendant asked the court to appoint counsel for him. The court denied his request and told him that it would not appoint counsel as he was not charged with a capital offense.
The defendant proceeded without a lawyer and conducted his defense about as well as could be expected from a layman. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in the state prison. He appealed, arguing that the trial court’s refusal to appoint counsel violated his constitutional rights.
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