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Coleman v. Alabama

399 U.S. 1 (1970)

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Coleman v. Alabama

United States Supreme Court

399 U.S. 1 (1970)

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Facts

Coleman (defendant) was arrested and convicted of assault with intent to murder. At the preliminary hearing, Coleman was not appointed counsel. Testimony given at the hearing was not admissible at trial where the defendant did not have a chance to cross-examine through counsel. Therefore, the court of appeals held that the denial of counsel at the preliminary hearing did not prejudice Coleman’s rights.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence (Black, J.)

Dissent (Stewart, J.)

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