Gideon was accused of robbery and arrested a few days later in 1961 at a pool house in Panama City, Florida.
Gideon, put your hands up!!!
Could I have a court-appointed lawyer?!?
Because Gideon was refused a lawyer, he wasn't able to defend himself, and was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.
Five years as your conviction charge!
After reviewing multiple sources in prison, Gideon began to petition to Florida's Supreme Court, and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court, declaring that his conviction was unconstitutional.
What about the Bill of Rights? It makes sure that the principles our country was founded on are preserved!
The Supreme Court's unanimous decision was 9-0, which favored Gideon's case.
On the date of * *, 1963, the Supreme Court hereby, unanimously, rules all convicted must be allowed a lawyer, court-appointed or not! This very order is based on rules set forth through the 6th Amendment!
Through the Gideon VS. Wainwright Supreme Court Case, all who have ever been convicted of something are always guaranteed a lawyer, no matter their situation. This ensures that everyone's inalienable rights are protected; justice for all.
Clarence Earl Gideon, you have been found innocent and are free of charge!