Gideon's Trumpet Short Essay - Answer Key

Anthony Lewis
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1. What is the premise of GIDEON'S TRUMPET?

Clarence Earl Gideon is a fifty-one-year-old white man from Florida who believes that he was denied due process of the law because he was not assigned an attorney during his trial. Gideon, holding to the idea that the Constitution assured him of that right, files a petition with the United States Supreme Court.

2. For what crime is Gideon serving time in a Florida prison?

Gideon is serving time for petty larceny for having apparently broken into the Bay Harbor Poolroom in Panama City, Florida.

3. What is so unusual about Gideon's tenacity in preparing his petition to the Supreme Court?

It is interesting to note that he hadn't been able to settle down to a lifestyle that included regular work but is willing to hand write a five-page document, submit his petition twice and wade through the legal jargon in an effort to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court.

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