Johnson v. Zerbst
Significance, Supreme Court Requires That Counsel Be Appointed, Federal Court Of Appeals
John A. Johnson
Fred G. Zerbst, Warden, U.S. Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia
That the court must appoint lawyers to represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Elbert P. Tuttle
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds, Stanley Forman Reed
Louis D. Brandeis, Charles Evans Hughes, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone (Benjamin N. Cardozo did not participate)
Date of Decision
23 May 1938
The Supreme Court held that counsel must be appointed for all defendants in federal criminal trials who cannot afford to hire their own attorneys.
- Powell v. Alabama, 287 U.S. 45 (1932).
- Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).
- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
- Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972).
The Federal Judiciary Home Page. http://www.uscourts.gov.
- Bradley, Craig M. The Failure of the Criminal Procedure Revolution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.
- Galloway, John. The Supreme Court & The Rights of the Accused. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1973.
- Garcia, Alfredo. The Sixth Amendment in Modern American Jurisprudence: A Critical Perspective. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1992.
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