Gideon's Trumpet Test | Final Test - Hard

Anthony Lewis
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the case in which the the opinion indicates that federal defendants should always have the right to an attorney?

2. The Justice makes the point that all the prisoners currently jailed without counsel were entitled to an attorney ________________________.

3. The Supreme Court Justices are aware that many of the cases they hear are the result of __________________.

4. What would add to chaos if the Betts rule were to be overturned?

5. What did State Judge Walter V. Schaefer of the Illin.ois Court of Illinois assert as a citizen's greatest right?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the impact of the Gideon ruling regarding getting support for attorneys who are appointed to criminal cases?

2. Before hearing Gideon's case, what are the Justices aware of regarding many of the cases they hear?

3. What change on the Supreme Court bench seems fortunate for Gideon's case?

4. What is State Judge Walter V. Schaefer's reasoning on why the right to an attorney is greater than all other rights?

5. What is Jacob's opinion on the retroactive element of any law which may evolve from Gideon's Supreme Court case?

6. What does Fortas believe would be the surest way to get assenting opinions from the Justices in Gideon's case?

7. What major points stem from revising the method of assigning attorneys who are not compensated?

8. What is the premise of the Betts vs. Brady case in 1942?

9. What is the premise of the brief written by George D. Mentz of the Alabama Attorney General's office which supports Jacob's case?

10. What form of support does Jacob get to help him defend the state position in the trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

With what crime had Clarence Earl Gideon been charged? What prevented his being appointed an attorney? Wouldn't Gideon have qualified under the "special circumstances" clause? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

There is a saying that "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." Clearly Gideon was set up for failure in trying to represent himself but what do you think of his methods? Was he on the right track? Was he intelligent enough to do a decent job with a little bit of guidance? Do you think Gideon thought he did a good job, at least before the verdict was read? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of indigent men with diminished intelligence in the South in the 1960s. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that 21st century men do not have?

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