No. 73-5772.

422 U.S. 806 (1975)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 30, 1975.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jerome B. Falk, Jr., by appointment of the Court, 417 U.S. 906, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Roger S. Hanson.

Howard J. Schwab, Deputy Attorney General of California, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General, Jack R. Winkler, Chief Assistant Attorney General, S. Clark Moore, Assistant Attorney General, and Russell Iungerich and Donald J. Oeser, Deputy Attorneys General.*

MR. JUSTICE STEWART delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of our Constitution guarantee that a person brought to trial in any state or federal court must be afforded the right to the assistance of counsel before he can be validly convicted and punished by imprisonment. This clear constitutional rule has emerged from a series of cases decided here over the last 50 years.1...

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