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1 Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

2 Clarence Earl Gideon was arrested for breaking into a Florida Pool Hall to commit larceny
( Bay Harbor Pool Hall) Clarence Earl Gideon

3 At trial- Gideon requested a court appointed lawyer
(He couldn’t afford his own) Judge refused his request Florida only provided free counsel if your case involved “special circumstances” (death penalty, unusually complex, illiterate, insanity, etc.)

4 Gideon conducted his own defense
He was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison (had previous convictions) Verdict????????? Raiford Prison

5 While in prison Gideon submitted a handwritten appeal

6 US Supreme Court agrees to hear his case
Abe Fortas is appointed to represent him before the SC The Supreme Court decided Gideon did not receive a fair trial The SC orders a new trial this time with a lawyer (same courtroom, same judge) Abe Fortas Chief Justice Earl Warren

7 Byron White William Brennan Potter Stewart Arthur Goldberg
Tom Clark Hugo Black Earl Warren William Douglas John Harlan (Chief Justice) U.S. Supreme Court (1963)

8 New trial- Verdict?????? Found Not Guilty Significance: Established a person’s right to a court appointed lawyer (if you can’t afford your own) to ensure a fair trial

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