Gideon V. Wainwright Case

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Imagine being forced to defend yourself in court, could you do it successfully? Not

everyone can. Clarence Earl Gideon was born on August 30, 1910, to Charles R. and Virginia

Gregory Gideon in Hannibal, Missouri. Growing up he had a rough childhood and a broken

family. All of this turned him to a life of crime. He had very little money, leading him to do

things he most likely regretted. His jury and court decided to charge him with five years in

prison. He did not have an attorney present with him during the trial. Why? He could not afford

one and the court feeling less than generous did not provide one for him. Having to defend

himself in court landed him in prison yet again. In the case of Gideon v. Wainwright on an

evening in 1961 someone …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that ernesto miranda gave everyone miranda rights, meaning everyone has miranda rights read to.
  • Explains that clarence earl gideon was born on august 30, 1910, in hannibal, missouri. growing up, he had a rough childhood and broken family, leading him to crime.
  • Narrates how clarence ran away from his troubled house when he was 14 years old and began working at a shoe factory that paid him $2.00 an hour. he was arrested and sentenced 10 years in prison but later paroled after three years and four months.
  • Narrates how the trial judge denied gideon's request for an attorney because of florida law.
  • Narrates how gideon tried to prove his innocence to the jury and was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Explains that the supreme court of the united states ruled by the sixth amendment saying that he has a right to fair trial and an attorney. everyone has equal protection of laws no matter what race, religion, age, gender, felon or innocent
  • Explains that attorneys are present during the trial and can be used in other cases if necessary.
  • Narrates how gideon was found guilty of breaking and entering a pool hall and stealing money from vending machines. he was convicted with five years in prison. the supreme court of florida denied his petition and agreed to review his trial.

For example,

thanks to Ernesto Miranda everyone has the Miranda Rights, meaning we have our rights read to

us when we are being arrested so we do not incriminate ourselves.

To overall summarize the Gideon v. Wainwright case, Clarence Earl Gideon was accused

and found guilty of breaking and entering a pool hall and stealing a small amount of money from

vending machines. He was found guilty and was convicted with five years in prison. He sent a

petition saying he was unconstitutionally tried because he was not able to afford an attorney and

one was not provided for him. The Supreme Court of Florida denied his petition so he sent one to

the Supreme Court of the United States and they agreed to review his trial. Gideon one his case

and was released of his sentence when they ruled in his favor using the Sixth Amendment, the

right to a fair trial. Gideon should have been given a defense attorney whether he could have

afforded one or not. The court made the right decision by ruling Gideon’s case an unfair trial,

using the fact that everyone is entitled to having an defense attorney

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