Clarence Gideon Story
Life Goes On
In Gideons Trumpet, Anthony Lewis portrayed Gideon as a heroic, albeit flawed, figure. He was cast even more heroically in the 1980 film version of the book, with Henry Fonda starring as Gideon.
After his acquittal, he resumed his place in a well-worn rut. He married yet again and drifted from one
Donors later added a simple granite headstone with this engraved script: Each era finds an improvement in law for the benefit of mankind.
The year Gideon died, the Supreme Court expanded its ruling in his case to include free counsel for anyone arrested who might spend even one day in jail if convicted, including those charged with misdemeanor crimes.
President Johnson appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965. When Chief Justice Warren announced his retirement three years later, Johnson nominated Fortas to lead the court.
But his Senate appointment hearings became a fiasco when questions were raised about the propriety of Fortas accepting lecture fees while on the court. Republicans filibustered his confirmation vote, and Fortas asked that his nomination to chief justice be withdrawn.
A year later, Fortas resigned from the court in scandal amid new revelations that he had accepted a $20,000 payment from a convicted felon while a member of the court. He lived in disgrace, a legal pariah in