Clarence Gideon was charged with burglary of a pool hall in Panama City, Fla., in 1961. Without a lawyer, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison based on a witness who said he had seen Gideon leaving the poolroom at 5:30 a.m. with money in his pocket and a bottle of wine, and on the unchallenged testimony of a taxi driver.
Clarence Gideon was charged with burglary of a pool hall in Panama City, Fla., in 1961. Without a lawyer, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison based on a witness who said he had seen Gideon leaving the poolroom at 5:30 a.m. with money in his pocket and a bottle of wine, and on the unchallenged testimony of a taxi driver.
Clarence Gideon was charged with burglary of a pool hall in Panama City, Fla., in 1961. Without a lawyer, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison based on a witness who said he had seen Gideon leaving the poolroom at 5:30 a.m. with money in his pocket and a bottle of wine, and on the unchallenged testimony of a taxi driver.

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