Gideon V. Wainwright By: Benjamin Irwin

Clarence Earl Gideon was caught breaking into a poolroom with intent to commit a misdemeanor.
He was then taken to court and they told him because it was a capital case he did not get a lawyer.
He was convicted and sent to serve five years in prison.
He then made a Habeas corpus petition to the Florida supreme court.
The supreme court had to ask themselves does the sixth amendment apply to felony cases in state courts.
The court finally made a 9-0 decision for Gideon saying that the accused have the right to put up a proper defense and the state and federal courts have to follow that right.
The court said that all people should have a lawyer even if they cant afford it. The state would have to provide the lawyer.

"Gideon v. Wainwright." Oyez, Accessed 9 Mar. 2017.


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