Betts v. Brady Case Brief
United States Supreme Court
316 U.S. 455 (1942)
ISSUE: Does the 14th Amdt. DPC require that states appoint counsel to represent indigent Ds in all criminal cases?
- D was indicted for robbery, and since he was indigent, he was unable to employ counsel
- D waived his right to a jury trial and examined and cross-examined Ws on his own
- D was found guilty
- No state rule: The great majority of the States do not require that their courts appoint counsel to represent all Ds as a fundamental right essential to a fair trial
- Thus, cannot say that 14th Amdt. obligates States to furnish counsel in all cases
- Overruled by Gideon v. Wainwright.