Gideons trumpet Essay

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gideons trumpet

Lauren Dauer
Gideon's Trumpet Essay
American Political Institutions
3/21/05


Gideon's Trumpet is the true story of a man named Clearance Earl Gideon, a semiliterate
drifter who is arrested for burglary and petty theft. The book takes it's readers back
through one man's moving account that became a constitutional landmark. Gideon's Trumpet
was written to recall the history behind the Gideon v. Wainwright court case and how it
made such an enormous impact on United States law.

On the night of June 3, 1961, Clearance Gideon broke into a pool room and smashed a
cigarette machine and a juke box, taking some money from both and cigarettes. Later that
morning a witness reported seeing Gideon break into the pool hall. The police found him a
few hours later with a pint of wine and some spare change, he was arrested and charged
with breaking and entering.

At his trial Gideon could not afford a lawyer, so he asked the judge to appoint him one,
Gideon argued that the Court should appoint him one because the Sixth Amendment says that
everyone is entitled to a lawyer. The judge turned down his request, saying that the state
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