Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Anthony Lewis: A Life Well Lived

The case of Gideon v. Wainwright is in part a testament to a single human being. Against all the odds of inertia and ignorance and fear of state power, Clarence Earl Gideon insisted that he had a right to a lawyer and kept on insisting all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States His triumph there shows that the poorest and least powerful of men-- a convict with note even a friend to visit him in prison -- can take his cause to the highest court in the land and bring about a fundamental change in the law. The quote above is taken from an on-line blog article from The Atlantic discussing the impact of the life, legal scholarship, and impact on the law and its institutions, Anthony Lewis had on our society and world at-large.

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