A 1961 a robbery in Florida resulted in the arrest of small-time criminal Clarence Gideon. Too poor to afford a lawyer he represented himself. Gideon received the maximum sentence on August 27, giving him time to study the law, and file the criminal case that led to an accused person’s right to legal representation.
The defense team in the Chandra Levy murder case has petitioned a D.C. Superior Court judge to overturn the guilty verdict for Ingmar Guandique. The defense argues that prosecutors illegally withheld evidence regarding a witness from them during the murder trial in 2010.