Clarence Gideon Story
A Second Trial
The ruling had an immediate impact in states like
Oddly, Clarence Gideon was not among them.
His conviction had been set aside by the court ruling, but
The prospect of a second trial made Gideon even more irascible. The Florida Civil Liberties Union volunteered two top-shelf
Instead, he chose a journeyman
Gideon also asked that his trial be moved from the courtroom of Judge McCrary, who presided at his first trial. That was denied.
Turner spent several days preparing for the retrial, which took place on August 5, 1963, five months after the Supreme Court ruling.
Turner picked apart the testimony of eyewitness Henry Cook, according to author Lewis. The attorney insinuated in his opening and closing statements that Cook likely had been a lookout for a group of thirsty young men who broke in to steal booze, then grabbed the coins while they were at it.
Turner elicited a crucial detail from the cab driver who took Gideon from
The jury acquitted Gideon after a mere one hour of deliberation.
He walked out of the courtroom that day and went to the Bay Harbor Poolroom to celebrate.