DOCKET NO.: 398
DECIDED BY: Vinson Court (1946-1949)
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.
Does the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment require an attorney for Bute's defense?