Gideon V. Wainwright Case Study

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Russ Siadatian L201 11:15AM 4/20/2014 Gideon v. Wainwright 1. Case name; Court (year) a. Clarence Earl Gideon V. Louie Wainwright, Supreme Court of Florida State(1963) 2. Issue(s) a. Does Gideon have the 6th Amendment right to have legal counsel appointed to him, made obligatory to the states by the 14th Amendment, when he can not afford one? 3. Holding (vote) a. Yes (9-0) 4. Facts: Substantive - Gideon broke into a poolroom with the intent to commit a misdemeanor, which is a felony under Florida Law. 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. The appeal was on the grounds that the Courts had failed to deny him his right to legal counsel guar...

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