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Gideon's trumpet.. [Anthony Lewis] -- This is a true story about Clarence Earl Gideon, a semi-literate drifter, who is arrested for breaking into a pool room and for. A history of the landmark case of Clarence Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist. A history of the landmark case of Clarence Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller.
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We are this elite, highly educated group of people who know what is best for you. And that is what the system is designed to produce and I have no idea how I would change it exactly, if I'd even want to. All in all, I'm left conflicted-- wondering if it's a misrepresentation to say this man changed the law.
It seems to me that he's actually not that consequential in this story.
The impression this book leaves is that the court had already decided this issue needed to be revisited and if it hadn't been him, they would have found someone else. Mar 18, Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it. I have always been a reader, and whenever possible, I have tried to read what my children are reading. It started out with 'The Hungry Caterpillar', progressed to the Harry Potter series and now I am immersed in British Victorian novels and socio-political classics which it turns out that I am no better at deciphering in my 50's than I was in my 20's.
So when my eldest son decided to go to law school, my husband and I encouraged him to read some of the recommended classics in the history of l I have always been a reader, and whenever possible, I have tried to read what my children are reading.
So when my eldest son decided to go to law school, my husband and I encouraged him to read some of the recommended classics in the history of law, and pormised that we would read them as well.
My very first book in this project to better prepare myself to be the mother of a lawyer related the history of the Supreme Court case 'Gideon vs. Wainwright', which was decided on March 18, , exactly 50 years ago this week.
While there are many many stories about what is wrong with America, this is a story about what is right. The book was written in , and delineates the path that Gideon was able to take to actually get his case heard before the Supreme Court and the immediate implications that the decision had.
Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis (ebook)
Gideon was in prison when he brought his case forward. He had had several previous convictions and spent a percentage of his adult life behind bars. He was tried on a felony charge in Florida, and he asked for an attorney to represent him--he was refused. Gideon felt that he did not get a fair trial because he had to defend himself, but the Florida Supreme Court disagreed. Gideon did not ask for his aquittal nor did he ask to be retried. His contention was that he was not treated fairly, and a clerk who read all such petitions from those who cannot navigate the Supreme Court system in the ordinary way agreed with him.
But a precedent, from as recently as , disagreed with them--Betts vs. Brady was a case that upheld the right of states to make their own decision about legal representation. So Gideon's case faced an uphill battle. The story is very well told here, and is understandable to someone who has little knowledge of how the Supreme Court works. One high point is that when the attorney for Florida informs other state Attorney Generals that this case is going before the Supreme Court and asks them for an amicus curiae brief in support of states rights in this matter, 23 states respond with an amicus curiae brief in support of Gideon instead.
That warmed my heart. The implications of the Gideon case were far reaching--when the court decided that all defendents should have access to an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay, it necessitated the devlopment of the public defender system, which up until that point did not exist, and it required the development of a way to pay for such a system as well. It didn't solve all the problems with criminal jurisprudence, but it certainly righted one wrong--and not all that long ago.
The Law is never perfect. It's development is always detrmined by the thinking of the time. Once a principle is considered inapplicable at a certain stage of life, the experts are normally called in to give an opinion as to the relevance of it. This was the case when Gideon filed a motion at the United States Supreme Court arguing that his rights was infringed by a Florida court when he was denied Counsel during his criminal trial. Abe Fortas, acting for Gideon had to translate his arguments int The Law is never perfect.
Abe Fortas, acting for Gideon had to translate his arguments into the technical legal language required by law. He acted for him in the Supreme Court, having been appointed by the Judges at the time.
He was a successful advocated. The State of Florida was represented by the Assistant attorney general Jacob Brown, who later went into private practice. Twenty three states appeared as friends of the court, buy argued for the overulling of Bretts vs. Only two states argued for the retention of the verdict. The court unanimously ruled in favor of a depature from the rule in Bretts vs. What remained is the practicality of having counsel in every criminal case a person faces. View 2 comments.
Dec 03, Tom rated it really liked it. A very good read. Definitely gets one all rah-rah democracy and rah-rah constitution yet with nuance and thoughtfulness. I felt bad for the guy sending out a letter to all 50 states asking for an Amicus Brief to support Betts v. Brady but ending up getting Amicus Briefs from many of th A very good read.
Brady but ending up getting Amicus Briefs from many of the states on the other side of Betts v. Lewis might get a little lofty at the end, which is appropriate though it maybe goes on a for a bit too long.
May 27, Roger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gideon is something of a 'nut,' [and: Upon the shoulders of such persons are our great rights carried.
When I read the statement above in the epilogue, I was amused and relieved to learn that Gideon was a lot like many of my own clients. Jun 21, Betsy D rated it really liked it. This is a very interesting and thought-provoking oldie. Very well written, it brings the case alive, and the Supreme Court even more so. In the penitentiary for the fourth time, he tried to appeal his case--this time he was innocent, he said.
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He should have had a court-supplied lawyer. In , his hand-written, ungrammatical appeal got to the Supreme Court, which had previously ruled that only Federal cases and death-penalty cases w This is a very interesting and thought-provoking oldie. In , his hand-written, ungrammatical appeal got to the Supreme Court, which had previously ruled that only Federal cases and death-penalty cases were entitled to such counsel.
This case changed the court's mind. His re-trial declared Gideon innocent, as he had claimed. We get to know all the justices, a little, and the lawyers who argued the case quite well. We also learn what makes the Supreme Court unique among Federal bodies though not so very different from the California Court of Appeal, where my husband spent his career.
Oct 25, Papaphilly rated it really liked it Shelves: Anthony Lewis writes about the case that gave everyone the right to an attorney whether they can afford it or not. This is part History, Law, and the great American crime novel. He looks at not only the case, but the history of the right to a lawyer and surrounding times diametricall Gideon's Trumpet: He looks at not only the case, but the history of the right to a lawyer and surrounding times diametrically opposed to giving that right.
He is neither a good man nor a nice man. His life was a mess. Yet, the book never lets the reader forget that he has rights too and deftly ensures that the reader is left with the thought that this right protects the better segment of society along with the criminal class.
Anthony Lewis pulls off this feat by showing how big the case became over the course of travels through the Federal court system, but always comes back to the local issue of Gideon in Florida.
While the case affects everyone in the country, it also affects a petty criminal living a small life. This is a classic text and is a must read. Nov 28, kimberly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Often, I am discouraged with my profession. The slow-moving machinary of the judiciary is not perfect, but both Gideon and To Kill a Mockingbird remind me why I'm a lawyer. I wish I had read Gideon before starting my clerkship.
For one reason, we had an entire right to counsel issue that I would have understood better after this book. Additionally, it discusses the role of a law clerk and how the judicial system works. Dude, this is more helpful than my staff attorney manual!
But most of all, I Often, I am discouraged with my profession. But most of all, I love this book because it inspired me.
The author discussed how unlike the legislature that makes rules based on wide populations, the judicial system is about one person, case by case. The assertion by one man that the constitution requires counsel for all, not just those who can afford it, instituted a sweeping change in criminal procedure, federalism, and state's rights.
It takes Florida continously fucking things up for the Supreme's to fix the impractical application of Betts v. Things that I'm still working through: We deprive people of their freedom when arrested on suspicion of a crime because we want to ensure they will stand trial and to protect the community from dangerous elements.
How does this factor in awarding bail? If someone can afford it, they are released from prison.
Gideon talks about a study where indigent prisoners released without bail showed up to court in the same percentages as defendants who were released on bail. Clearly, the use of bail doesn't guarantee a person won't abscond or commit new law violations.
This is something I need to work through. I want to write books like this one day. Feb 17, zltg rated it really liked it Shelves: There is no illusion at all that Gideon is a hero or he did not owe his victory entirely to the legal and social momentum, which were outside of his control and already pointing to overturn Betts. But it is also worthwhile to remember the facts here, that man like him, an outcast at the very bottom of the society, had the tenacity and courage to pursue what he deemed just and not gave up hope.
My eyes got wet when first looked at Gideon's pencil-written petition for cert on prison mail paper. Th There is no illusion at all that Gideon is a hero or he did not owe his victory entirely to the legal and social momentum, which were outside of his control and already pointing to overturn Betts. This was one of the rare moments in history where the weak vindicated and the wrong righted. Anthony Lewis did a fantastic job elucidating the legal background and reasoning as he told the extraordinary history behind this case.
But Gideon did write that letter; the court did look into his case; he was re-tried with the help of competent defense counsel; found not guilty and released from prison after two years of punishment for a crime he did not commit.
And the whole course of legal history has been changed. Mar 27, Judy rated it it was amazing. The news this week of the death of Anthony Lewis at age 85 was enough to send me scurrying to the bookcase to dig out my copy of Gideon's Trumpet and reread it. Clarence Earl Gideon was arrested in Florida on a charge of breaking and entering and he was forced to represent himself at his trial because he couldn't afford an attorney.
Gideon felt that this was a violation of his constitutional right to be represented by counsel and while he was in a Florida prison he sat down and wrote a petition The news this week of the death of Anthony Lewis at age 85 was enough to send me scurrying to the bookcase to dig out my copy of Gideon's Trumpet and reread it. Gideon felt that this was a violation of his constitutional right to be represented by counsel and while he was in a Florida prison he sat down and wrote a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court justices considered his petition in a Friday conference and decided to issue such a writ.
This book follows the case of Clarence Earl Gideon through the judicial system culminating in the Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright which decided that every person has the right to be represented by counsel in a court of law and created the public defendant systems across the United States. As Anthony Lewis put it "the victory of Clarence Earl Gideon shows that even the poorest and least powerful of men--a convict with not even a friend to visit him in prison--can take his case to the highest court in the land and bring about a fundamental change in the law.
Highly recommended. Oct 18, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course I've known about Gideon vs. Wainwright since I was in high school in the s, and I studied the case in law school and taught it in my Constitution and Law class - but I had never read Anthony Lewis' classic until now.
In language that any reader can readily grasp, he not only paints a portrait of Gideon, the real human being whose criminal conviction was overturned, but he also provides an elegant perspective on the historical and legal evolution of the Supreme Court's thinking on t Of course I've known about Gideon vs. In language that any reader can readily grasp, he not only paints a portrait of Gideon, the real human being whose criminal conviction was overturned, but he also provides an elegant perspective on the historical and legal evolution of the Supreme Court's thinking on the subject of a criminal defendant's right to counsel.
Lewis also provides an excellent historical perspective on the developing role of the Supreme Court in our systems of government - both federal and state. A very good book for high school civics classrooms. Oct 25, Marilee rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is on my son's AP Gov reading list. I got about halfway through it when my son commandeered it and inhaled it in two days. I finally snagged it back and finished it. It tells the fascinating story of a man in jail in the early sixties who had been denied representation in his original court case.
He eventually worked his way to the Supreme Court and fought for man's right to counsel. It's a little dry at the beginning as it lays the foundation of the case and describes the members of the Su This is on my son's AP Gov reading list. It's a little dry at the beginning as it lays the foundation of the case and describes the members of the Supreme Court at the time.
The book was only written a year or two after the case, so the details are very fresh. I think it helped solidify my son's desire to go into law. Nov 11, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: I didn't realize that this book was written back in the day until the author started talking about how SCOTUS is a bunch of old white guys.
Anyway, I enjoyed the read overall and the occasional old-timey aside. Public defenders in particular will appreciate the coda on Gideon's second trial, where he chose to go pro se on some pretrial motions: Not guilty! Feb 08, Ted rated it really liked it. Terrific book. I had never read anything about our Supreme Court and this turned out to be a great start.
This is a pretty incredible story about one man who, without the help of a lawyer, appealed his case to the highest court in the land and eventually won.
The accused's right to a lawyer, and thus due process, would be considered as fundamental as any other. However, up until this case, states had a free hand to decide when an indigent defendant would be afforded one by the state. The author Terrific book.
The author succeeds in providing an excellent description of how the Supreme Court works and judges reach a decision. Worth a read.
Jun 16, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this in preparation for a continuing legal education class which will involve discussion of the book.
I was not looking forward to reading it as I suspected it would be very dry and difficult to plough through. It was actually a very easy read. The author wrote in a manner which would allow a lay person to understand the Supreme Court appellate process, and effectively personalized the Gideon v.
Wainwright decision. I think this would be a great book for law students to read, and is also I read this in preparation for a continuing legal education class which will involve discussion of the book. Jeffrey Rosen.
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