Argersinger v. Hamlin
Jon Richard Argersinger
Raymond Hamlin, Leon County Sheriff, Florida
That being sentenced to jail after a trial where he was not represented by counsel violated the Sixth Amendment.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
J. Michael Shea, Bruce S. Rogow
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
George R. Georgieff
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
12 June 1972
Finding that defendants facing a jail sentence of any length have a right to counsel, the Supreme Court by a unanimous decision reversed a lower court's refusal to grant Argersinger's habeas corpus petition.
- Gideon v Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).
- Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U.S. 104 (1968).
- Scott v. Illinois, 440 U.S. 367 (1979).
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- Benton v. Maryland - Significance, Double Jeopardy
- Aptheker v. Secretary of State - Significance, The Subversive Activities Control Act, Further Readings
- Argersinger v. Hamlin - Significance
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