Sixth Amendment

Feliciano Porcayo, 1st, 12/10/14

Sixth Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an importation jury of the state and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, to be confronted with the witness against him; to have comply process for obtaining witness in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Court Case

Clarance Earl Gideon was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor. At trial , Gideon appeared in court without an attorney. In open court , he asked the judge to appoint counsel for him becasue he could not afford one. The request was denied because under Florida's law they can only appoint one to a poor person charged with capitol offenses. Gideon declined defend himself and filed a petition to the Florida supreme court but was denied. Next he sent one to the supreme court and they agreed to hear the case.

Court Scenario

Today June 5, 2015 John was brought to court by the witness Michael Richards. Mr. Richards is accusing John of stealing from walmart at flower avenue. John is declining the statement . Before the jury can decide if John is guilty or innocent he has to listen to both sides. Michael's attorney states that, Michael saw him with a black jacket, and blue shoes with blue shorts, and that all his clothes was dirty. Johns attorney that was provided for him states that, Just because John was wearing the same exact clothes doesn't mean anything. Johns clothes were brand new and clean. The judge took a couple of minutes to think about and decided that John was not guilty.


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