Gideon v. Wainwright, the 1963 Supreme Court Decision.
Clarence Gideon who was charged with breaking in entering, and stealing money from vending machines, was tried and found guilty in The State of Florida without the benefit of a defense attorney.
In The State of Florida at that time, the state provided attorneys were only available for death penalty cases.
Mr. Wainwright's conviction was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled that his conviction was unconstitutional. The court held that according to the sixth amendment to The United States Constitution the right to council in serious criminal cases must be provided, if the defendant cannot afford defense counsel.
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