In February 1968 appellant, who was then 17 years old, was charged under the laws of Nebraska with being a "delinquent child" because he had forged bank check which he intended to use for his own purposes. At the hearing on this charge he asked for a jury trial, arguing this was a right guaranteed him by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution and that a statute prohibiting juries in "delinquency" proceedings was therefore unconstitutional.
Black, H.L. Justice Black, Dissenting, DeBacker v. Brainard, 396 U.S. 28 (1969). Box 367, Harry A. Blackmun Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.