Hamilton v. Alabama (1961)

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For Hamilton v. Alabama, 376 U.S. 650 (1964), see Mary Hamilton and "Miss Mary" Case.
Hamilton v. Alabama
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Argued October 17, 1961
Decided November 13, 1961
Full case name Hamilton v. Alabama
Citations 368 U.S. 52 (more)
82 S. Ct. 157; 7 L. Ed. 2d 114; 1961 U.S. LEXIS 167
Prior history Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Alabama
Holding
Absence of counsel for petitioner at the time of his arraignment violated his rights under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Douglas, joined by unanimous
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. XIV

Hamilton v. Alabama, 368 U.S. 52 (1961), was a case heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. Hamilton was charged in an Alabama court with breaking and entering a dwelling at night with intent to ravish, and had pleaded not guilty. He had then been convicted and sentenced to death. The Court ruled unanimously that the absence of counsel at the time of his arraignment violated Hamilton's due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.

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