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Gideon v. Wainwright(1963)Facts of the Case:Gideon was charged in the state of Florida with breaking and entering, when hearrived in court he requested a lawyer but was denied because of a Florida state law that stated that anattorney may only be appointed to an indigent defendant in capital cases. Gideon represented himself intrial. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison. He then argued to the Florida SupremeCourt that the trial court's decision violated his constitutional right to be represented by counsel and wasdenied.Legal Question:Does the 6th Amendment's right to counsel in criminal cases extend to felonydefendants in state courts?
Identify the clause/constitutional amendment/civil liberty/principle that is common in both cases.
Explain how the facts in both cases led to a similar/different decision in both cases.
Explain how the decision inGideon v. Wainwrightrelates to the reasoning inJohnson v. Zerbst.

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Gideon v Wainwright, Supreme Court of the United States, Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, John Johnson

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