Gideon V. Wainwright
Updated: 1/14/2020
Gideon V. Wainwright
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  • Gideon V. Wainwright (1963)Panama City, Florida
  • By: Michelle Wang January 12, 2020
  • Clarence Earl Gideon walked down Panama City with heavy coins in his pocket and a pint of wine.
  • Police suspected that he stole money from a pool hall's vending machine, so he got arrested.
  • Habeas Corpus Petition
  • At trial, Clarence requested an attorney to represent him. The judge denied his request and said that attorneys were only provided for poor defendants who could possibly result in a death penalty.
  • Clarence Gideon was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • He filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in Florida Supreme Court, but the court denied his request. He then filed a handwritten petition in the Supreme Court of the United States.
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