Gideon unsuccessfully represented himself at trial, which resulted in a verdict of guilty. He was sentenced to five years in state prison. Gideon then filed in the Florida Supreme Court this habeas corpus petition (A judicial mandate ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned unlawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody. The petition is brought by a person who objects to his own or another’s detention or imprisonment). He alleged that the courts refusal to appoint counsel for him violated his right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment.
Law Brief On the date of November 27, 2000, I visited the Hillsborough county Courthouse and witnessed the Thirteenth District Circuit Court of Florida in its proceedings. The case was the State of Florida v. Michael Canady and his honor that presided over the case was Judge William Fuente. The case was called at 10:30 AM and opened with the Judge splitting the charges against the defendant. The defendant was charged with a count of second-degree possession of cannabis with intent to sell and second-degree felon in possession of a firearm. It came to my attention from one of the bailiffs that the defendant was already sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for burglary.
According to Florida State Law, the court could only appoint an attorney to an indigent defendant in capital cases.... ... middle of paper ... ...eon did write that letter; the court did look into his case; he was retried with the help of competent counsel; found not guilty and released from prison after 2 years of punishment for a crime he did not commit. And the whole course of legal history has been changed. (Wikipedia, 2013, para. 16) Conclusion It has been 50 years since the Gideon v. Wainwright case. From a drifter, to a petty criminal, to the Supreme Court, Gideon opened doors for the poor man in the system.
ABSTRACT: Terence Graham has been sentenced to life in prison for home invasion and attempted robbery. He lost his case at the Florida First District Court of Appeal, but then later appealed to the federal United States court. He won his case at the supreme court and the court said that the ruling Graham was given was cruel and unusually. In the end Florida stated that a juvenile should serve life in prison only if convicted of murder. At the age of 17 Terence Graham was sentenced was arrested for home invasion and attempted robbery.
There have been several cases in which eyewitness testimony led to the conviction of an innocent person. In one notable case, Raymond Towler was wrongly convicted in 1981 of the rape, kidnap, and assault of an 11-year old girl based on eyewitness testimony in which the victim and other witnesses identified him from a photo. Towler had been serving a life sentence and was released in 2010 after serving nearly 30 years until DNA evidence proved that he did not commit the rape (Sheeran, 2010). In another case, Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl near Baltimore in 1984. Five different eyewitnesses testified that they saw him at the scene of crime.
Gideon was left to represent himself in court. Gideon did a horrible job of defending himself in court. He was found guilty of breaking and entering and petty larceny, which was a felony. Gideon was sentenced to five years in Florida State prison mostly due to his prior...
The case of Ford V. Wainwright is a Supreme court case of the United Stated argued in 1986. Alvin Bernard Ford is the plaintiff in this case, In 1974 he was convicted of murder in Florida and sentenced to death. In 1982 Ford began to show signs of a serious mental disorder. The Governor of Florida then appointed a panel of three psychiatrist to determine if Ford was component to understand the nature of the death penalty and the crime he had committed. All three psychiatrist disagreed on his exact diagnosis but agreed that he was sane and knew the nature of the death penalty.
Rodney King was awarded $3.8 million by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit. He used most of the money to start the rap record label Straight Alta-Pazz Records. Over the years, he was arrested for drunk driving and domestic abuse (Gray). On June 17, Rodney King was found dead in his swimming pool (A).
The Statutes Analysis of two Anti-Miscegenation cases In the Loving v. Virginia, 388 US 1 (1967) is the landmark ruling that nullified anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. In June 1958, Mildred Loving, a black female, married Richard Loving, a white male, in Washington, DC. The couple traveled to Central Point, Virginia and their home was raided by the local police. The police charged the Loving’s of interracial marriage, a felony charge under Section 20-58 of the Virginia Code which prohibited interracial marriages. On January 6, 1959, the couple pled guilty and received a suspended sentence with the agreement that they would Virginia and not return for 25 years.
He was charged, and came to court without money to provide a lawyer. The Courts denied his request to counsel on the grounds that this is only provided for capital offenses, and therefore, Gideon had to defend himself in Court. Procedural - Trial Court: Gideon was found guilty, and sentenced to five years in Sate Prison - Supreme Court: Reversed ( Gideon found not Guilty) 4. Reasoning a. The Trail Court found Gideon guilty, and Gideon filed for appeal in the Florida Supreme Court.