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Judicial Brief1 - Joe DeCrane CRJ230-005 2008.03.05 Case...

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Joe DeCrane CRJ230-005 2008.03.05 Case Brief I GIDEON v. WAINWRIGHT, 372 U.S. 335 (1963) ISSUE(S) : The issue in the case is whether or not a defendant is guaranteed the right to counsel in a criminal case, and whether or not denial of counsel is a denial of Fourteenth Amendment rights. FACTS : In a Florida State Court, Mr. Gideon was being charged with breaking into a poolroom with the intent to commit a misdemeanor, which in is a felony under 372 U.S. 335, 337 Florida law. After informing the court that he did not have the money to pay for counsel, he requested that a lawyer be appointed to him; however, the court denied the request, citing the fact that counsel is only appointed for defendants in capital cases. Mr. Gideon conducted his own defense at the trial, where the jury convicted him and sent him to prison on a sentence of five years. He applied to the Supreme Court for a writ of habeas corpus, basing it on the grounds for his conviction. Gideon stated that he believed his rights, as guaranteed by the Constitution under the Sixth and Fourteenth
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course CRJ 110 taught by Professor Perrill during the Spring '08 term at N. Colorado.

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