SC-Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
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where is my lawyer?
Gideon was charged with robbing a pool hall.
Gideon was tried without an attorney because the judge refused to provide a court appointed lawyer.
Gideon appealed to the supreme court and he spent 5 years in jail waiting for his appeal.
The supreme court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that the courts must provide an attorney if the defendant can't afford one.
The justices used articles 6 and 14. The 6th amendment guarantees the right to counsel even if the defendant cannot afford one, and the 14th amendment guarantees due process of the law.
As a result to this case warren court extended a whole group of right to criminal defendant.
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