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Legal Brief (Gideon v. Wainwright)

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1.) Title and Citation- Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963) 2.) Facts of the Case- This case deals with an indigent defendant Mr. Gideon that was arrested on a non-capital felony in the state of Florida, Where he asked the court for free counsel on the terms that he had no funds to hire on himself. The court denied his motions for assistances of counsel since the state law only said they had to give indigent defendants counsel on capital cases in Florida . The defendant Mr. Gideon was charged with a felony in Florida, when he broke into a poolroom with the intent to commit a misdemeanor. As the defendant issued his remarks to why he could not obtain a lawyer due to his little or no funds the judge replied with “Mr. Gideon, I am sorry, but I cannot appoint Counsel to represent you in this case. Under the laws of the State of Florida, the only time the Court can appoint Counsel to represent a Defendant is when that person is charged with a capital offense. I am sorry, but I will have to deny your request to appoint Counsel to defend you in this case.” While Mr. Gideon tried to tell the court that the law stated by the United States Supreme courts allows him to be issued adequate Counsel the judge made Mr. Gideon proceed to defend himself as lawyer. As Mr. Gideon went about the trail as his lawyer he conducted an opening statement to the jury, as well cross-examining the witnesses the State brought forth and put forth witnesses of his own defense. Mr. Gideon did not want to
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