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1 Gideon v. Wainright (1963) Is the 6 th Amendment Right to Counsel (lawyer) a Fundamental Right?

2 Clarence Earl Gideon -born in grew up in poverty -dropped out of school -went to jail many times -married 4 times

3 The Crime - June 3, 1961-break in at the Bay Harbor Poolroom in Panama City, FL. -Witness stated he saw Clarence Earl Gideon leave poolroom with a wine bottle and money in his pockets -Police arrested Gideon: charged him with breaking and entering with the intent to commit petty larceny

4 The Trial Gideon appeared in court and was too poor to afford counsel, whereupon the following conversation took place: The COURT: Mr. Gideon, I am sorry, but I cannot appoint Counsel to represent you in this case. Under the laws of the State of Florida, the only time the Court can appoint Counsel to represent a Defendant is when that person is charged with a capital offense. I am sorry, but I will have to deny your request to appoint Counsel to defend you in this case. GIDEON: The United States Supreme Court says I am entitled to be represented by Counsel.

5 Why Was Gideon Denied a Lawyer?

6 Betts v Brady (1942) -SCOTUS ruled (6-3) that state courts are NOT required to provide a lawyer to defendants that cannot afford one -Majority of SCOTUS said that right to a lawyer is NOT a fundamental right, such as freedom of speech -Only if defendant can prove special circumstances will a lawyer be provided

7 Hugo Black - SCOTUS Justice from Dissented (disagreed) with the majority opinion in Betts v. Brady -In his dissent said that the denial of a lawyer based on financial stability makes it so that those in poverty have an increased chance of conviction, which is not equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth AmendmentFourteenth Amendment

8 Florida State Prison in Raiford, FL.

9 Petition to SCOTUS -Writ of Certiorari- formal request to SCOTUS to hear case from lower court -In forma pauperis- the process a poor person uses to get a case to the Supreme Court -SCOTUS agreed to hear Gideon’s case

10 Who Will Be Gideon’s Lawyer in SCOTUS?

11 Abe Fortas

12 SCOTUS Decision -9-0 in favor of Gideon -Overturned Betts v. Brady decision of SCOTUS ruled that the right to a lawyer IS a fundamental right for ALL citizens -Guess who wrote the majority opinion for SCOTUS?

13 Justice Hugo Black

14 What Happened to Gideon?

15 New Trial for Gideon -August 5, Gideon on trial for same crime in same court with same judge in Panama City, FL. -This time Gideon has a lawyer- Fred Turner -Jury finds Gideon NOT GUILTY of crime committed in 1961

16 Legacy of Gideon v. Wainwright - All defendants have the right to a lawyer -Expanded the rights of accused -Right to a lawyer IS a fundamental right -In Miranda v. Arizona (1965) SCOTUS ruled police must tell accused they have right to a lawyer

17 Literature

18 Movie

19 Irony?

20 Questions?

21 What Did You Learn? Write at least 5 sentences explaining the impact the Gideon v. Wainwright(1963) decision had on the right to a lawyer.

22 Gideon-Constitutional Hero? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iustxd3V gw

23 Gideon’s Trumpet- The Movie


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