"Gideon's Trumpet" and the 14th Amendment
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According to The Library of Congress, "the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment." A major part of the Amendment that coincides with the court case Gideon vs. Wainwright is the equal protection of laws within the jurisdiction of the states. In light of "Gideon's Trumpet," this paper explores the book's treatment of Gideon vs. Wainwright and how it influenced and defined judicial interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
From the Paper:"Clarence Gideon was no stranger to the law and the judicial system. He had been involved in numerous criminal activities and served several years in jail and prison for crimes such as burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, and drunkenness. After he was sentenced in Florida without having an attorney present in his court case, he felt mistreated and angry about the decision and decided to do something about it. He wrote several petitions to an FBI agent, the attorney general, and finally to the U.S. Supreme Court asking for an appeal of his case stating that he was not treated fairly because he was not appointed an attorney. The attorney general of Florida did not feel that Gideon had any "special circumstances" to justify an appointed attorney based on the previous case of Betts vs. Brady, but Chief Justice Earl Warren eventually accepted Gideon's petition for an appeal after Gideon wrote a letter back which stated, "...the question is very simple. I requested the court to appoint me an attorney and the court refused" (Gideon's Trumpet, pp 82). Gideon's petition went on to say that, "all countries try to give their citizens a fair trial and see to it that they have counsel" (MEIDC.org)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- FindLaw.com (2010, January 18th). "U.S. Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment." Retrieved from "http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment14/."
- Lewis, Anthony. (1964). "Gideon's Trumpet." New York, NY: Random House. pp. 10, 82, 177-180, 185,-186, 198
- MEIDC.org. (2010, January 31st). "The Story of Gideon v. Wainwright." Retrieved from "http://www.meidc.org/background.html."
- Spartacus Educational. (2010, January 18th). "14th Amendment." Retrieved from "http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAS14.htm."
- Supreme Court of the United States. (2000, December 10th). "Bush v. Gore, Brief for Petitioner." Retrieved from "http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/docs/florida2000/12-10_bushbrief.pdf."
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