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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Scott v. Illinois
Citation:440 U.S. 367 (1979)
Petitioner Scott was convicted of shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $150. The applicable Illinois statute set the maximum penalty for such an offense at a $500 fine or one year in jail or both. Petitioner argues that a line of this Court’s cases culminating in Argersinger v. Hamlin requires state provision of counsel whenever imprisonment is an authorized penalty. The Supreme Court of Illinois rejected this contention and went on to state that it was not inclined to extend Argersinger to the case where a defendant is charged with a statutory offense for which imprisonment upon conviction is authorized but not actually imposed upon the defendant.
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