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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Lee
Gideon v. Wainwright
Citation:372 U.S. 335 (1963)
Gideon (Petitioner) was charged in a Florida state court with breaking and entering into a poolroom with intent to commit a misdemeanor, which was a felony under Florida law. He requested counsel, but the Florida court refused to appoint one for him. The court told him that it would not appoint counsel as he was not charged with a capital offense. Gideon proceeded without a lawyer. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in state prison. He appealed, arguing that the trial court’s refusal to appoint counsel violated his constitutional rights under the Sixth Amendment.
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