Bute v. Illinois

PETITIONER: Bute
RESPONDENT: Illinois
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 398
DECIDED BY: Vinson Court (1946-1949)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Feb 12, 1948
DECIDED: Apr 19, 1948

Facts of the case

Bute was charged with taking indecent liberties with children. He did not have an attorney and the trial court did not appoint one for him. Bute pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

Question

Does the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment require an attorney for Bute's defense?