In the case Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court established the right of indigent defendants in felony cases at the state level to be provided with an attorney. The right extended the right to counsel found in the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution to defendants at the state level via the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In doing so, the court overturned the special circumstances rule established by Betts v. Brady (1942), which stated that state courts only had to ...

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