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Alex Daza Political Science Professor Lipkin 11/25/07 Gideon v. Wainwright In the case Gideon v. Wainwright , there was a man who was accused of a crime when he did not actually commit it. He happened to be at the wrong place at the right time. The gentlemans name was Clarence Earl Gideon, where he went to a phone booth to call for a taxi and while this was happening, a man who just committed a robbery at a pool hall accused Gideon of committing the crime. Gideon could not afford to hire a lawyer and so he tried to defend himself without one. He was unsuccessful and was found guilty of the crime. Gideon appealed to the court and stated that the court appoint counsel for him where the Supreme Court states he is entitled to one. The state of Florida argued back that the only time the Court can appoint counsel to him is when a defendant is charged with a capital offense. The state of Florida argued many reasons to justify their reason not to appoint counsel to Gideon referring to case of Betts v Brady . When the Sixth amendment states that the accused shall enjoy the right to have counsel for his defense in all criminal prosecutions, Florida said counsel must be appointed unless the right is competently and
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