Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Robert W. Armstrong argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioner.
William E. James, Deputy Attorney General of California, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Edmund G. Brown, Attorney General, William B. McKesson and Fred N. Whichello.
A. L. Wirin and Fred Okrand filed a brief for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Supreme Court of United States.
MR. JUSTICE CLARK delivered the opinion of the Court.
Petitioner, under sentence of death for the murder of his paramour, claims that his conviction in a California court violates Fourteenth Amendment due process of law because (1) the confession admitted into evidence over his objection had been coerced from him by state authorities, and (2) even if his confession was voluntary it occurred while he was without counsel because of the previous denial of his request...
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