Scott v. Illinois
Significance, An Open-and-shut Case?, Legal Precedents, Interpreting Argersinger, Impact
State of Illinois
That the state of Illinois's failure to supply him with legal counsel for his trial on a shoplifting charge violated his Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process of law.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
John S. Elson
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Justices for the Court
Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
5 March 1979
Upheld the decisions of the Illinois Intermediate Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court, denying the petitioner's claim and holding that the right of due process does not extend to criminal cases in which no prison term is imposed.
- Powell v. Alabama, 287 U.S. 45 (1932).
- Johnson v. Zerbst, 304 U.S. 458 (1938).
- Betts v. Brady, 316 U.S. 455 (1942).
- Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).
- Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972).
- Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Guide to the Supreme Court of the United States. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1997.
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