In Re Gault (1967)
(Note: "In Re" means In Regards to.)
Gerald Gault, a juvenile, had been sentenced to six years in an industrial court after he was found guilty of having made obscene phone calls. As an adult, he would have been entitled to representation by a lawyer and would have had the opportunity to be confronted by the person who charged him. However, since he was a juvenile, he was not entitled to these rights. In fact, the maximum sentence for an adult who committed the same act would have been $50 or two months in jail. In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court granted children some but not all of those in the Bill of Rights.
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