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Today in Crime History: Clarence Gideon is arrested

On June 3, 1961, small-time criminal Clarence Gideon was arrested for robbing a Florida pool hall. Too poor to afford a lawyer, he represented himself, and got the maximum sentence. He spent his time studying the law, and filed a petition with the Supreme Court, whose decision would change our legal system, and free thousands of convicts.

On This Day in Crime History: Clarence Gideon is Sentenced

A 1961 a robbery in Florida resulted in the arrest of small-time criminal Clarence Gideon. Too poor to afford a lawyer he represented himself. Gideon received the maximum sentence on August 27, giving him time to study the law, and file the criminal case that led to an accused person’s right to legal representation.

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