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Escobedo v. Illinois

Significance, The Supreme Court Confirms A Criminal Suspect's Right To Have An Attorney, The Right To Counsel


Danny Escobedo


State of Illinois

Petitioner's Claim

That once a person detained by police for questioning about a crime becomes a suspect, his Sixth Amendment right to counsel becomes effective.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Barry L. Kroll

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

James R. Thompson

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg (writing for the Court), Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Tom C. Clark, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 June 1964


By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled that because Escobedo's request to consult with his attorney had been denied and because he had not been warned of his constitutional right to remain silent, his confession was inadmissible and his conviction was reversed.

Related Cases

  • Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433 (1958).
  • Cicenia v. Lagay, 357 U.S. 504 (1958).
  • Gideon v Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).
  • Massiah v. United States, 377 U.S. 201 (1964).
  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Vol. 3. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1963 to 1972