Gideon v. Wainwright - One man changes the Constitution

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  • Bay Harbor Pool Room in Panama City Beach, Florida is Burglarized

    Bay Harbor Pool Room in Panama City Beach, Florida is Burglarized
  • Clarence Earl Gideon arrested

    Clarence Earl Gideon arrested
  • Gideon, representing himself, was tried and convicted.

    Gideon, representing himself, was tried and convicted.
    The following exchange took place: The COURT: Mr. Gideon, I am sorry, but I cannot appoint Counsel to represent you in this case. Under the laws of the State of Florida, the only time the Court can appoint Counsel to represent a Defendant is when that person is charged with a capital offense. I am sorry, but I will have to deny your request to appoint Counsel to defend you in this case. GIDEON: The United States Supreme Court says I am entitled to be represented by Counsel.
  • Gideon is sentenced to 5 years in prison.

    Gideon is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
    This was the maximum sentence permissible under Florida Law
  • Gideon sends a handwritten note to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting review

    Gideon sends a handwritten note to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting review
  • Case presented for argument before the U.S. Supreme Court

    Case presented for argument before the U.S. Supreme Court
    Court Recording Recording of argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • U.S. Supreme Court holds Gideon has a right to counsel

    U.S. Supreme Court holds Gideon has a right to counsel
    The court was unanimous
  • Gideon is re-tried, represented by counsel, and acquitted

    Gideon is re-tried, represented by counsel, and acquitted
    The jury deliberated only one hour.