Gideon's Trumpet (1980)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.

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Robert L. Collins


Anthony Lewis (book), David W. Rintels (teleplay)

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18 October 2014 | sfdphd
| excellent historical drama
I consider myself well-educated but had never heard of this story until now. I had no idea that the right to have an attorney even if you cannot afford one was established so recently in 1963.

I had heard of the attorney Abe Fortas, but didn't know his role in this story. The name that should be more well-known is Clarence Gideon, the man to thank for pursuing his right to a court-appointed attorney.

The film simplifies the events that took place over more than two years, but it really holds your attention and shows the injustice of trials where the defendant could not afford an attorney and was often convicted without proper pursuit of the truth.

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