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Gideon’s Trumpet

By: Anthony Lewis
Published: 1989, ©1964
Pages: 277
Total Copies: 16
Genre: NonfictionCourts & Laws

Description: How one man, a poor prisoner, took his case to the Supreme Court—and changed the law of the United States. Anthony Lewis presents a history of the U.S. Supreme Court landmark case, Gideon v. Wainright, and of Clarence Earl Gideon’s fight for the right to legal counsel. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision requires states, under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.