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Gideon's trumpet

Author: Anthony Lewis
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1964] ©1964.
Series: Vintage book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a true story about Clarence Earl Gideon, a semi-literate drifter, who is arrested for breaking into a pool room and for petty theft. When he asks the court to appoint a lawyer for his defense because he cannot afford one, his request is denied. Acting as his own lawyer, Gideon is convicted and sent to jail. While in prison, he begins a hand-written campaign directed to the U.S. Supreme Court, contending that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lewis, Anthony, 1927-
Gideon's trumpet.
New York, Random House [1964]
(OCoLC)607735934
Online version:
Lewis, Anthony, 1927-
Gideon's trumpet.
New York, Random House [1964]
(OCoLC)607735939
Named Person: Clarence Earl Gideon; Clarence Earl Gideon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Lewis
ISBN: 0394703154 9780394703152
OCLC Number: 2482722
Description: 262 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Vintage book.
Responsibility: by Anthony Lewis.

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This is a true story about Clarence Earl Gideon, a semi-literate drifter, who is arrested for breaking into a pool room and for petty theft. When he asks the court to appoint a lawyer for his defense because he cannot afford one, his request is denied. Acting as his own lawyer, Gideon is convicted and sent to jail. While in prison, he begins a hand-written campaign directed to the U.S. Supreme Court, contending that every defendant is entitled to legal representation. The Court agrees to hear Gideon's case, and, in a landmark decision, rules in his favor. Gideon is given a new trial and is found innocent and U.S. legal history is changed forever.

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