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Argersinger v. Hamlin
United States Supreme Court
407 U.S 25, 92 S.Ct. 2006, 32 L.Ed.2d 530 (1972)
Argersinger (defendant) was brought to trial for carrying a concealed weapon. Under Florida law, the offense carries a possible penalty of up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Argersinger was indigent, and no attorney was appointed. At trial, Argersinger was convicted and sentenced to 90 days incarceration. Argersinger petitioned for habeas corpus on the grounds that he had been denied his Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)
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