Negro's High Court Legal Triumph
Related in Lewis'Gideon's Trumpet'
Anothony Lewis, an expert re-
porter who has represented the
New York Times in Washington,
is the author of a powerful book
that throws light on American
jurisprudence. In "Gideon's Trum-
pet," published by Random House
and selected as the alternate Book-
of-the-Month Club selection for
August, Lewis tells the story of
Clarence Earl Gideon, the Florida
Negro who was denied a lawyer
after being arrested for burglary
Uneducated, untrained, Gideon
wrote a letter to the U. S. Supreme
mountains .. .
Jews in Britain Urging Extended Indemnification
LONDON (JTA)—Maurice Edel-
man, president of the Anglo-Jewish
Association, declared here that
Court from his jail cell. The result Jewish organizations must do every-
was the historic decision of March thing possible to impress the West
18, 1963, as a result of which all German government with the need
defendants in criminal cases were to extend indemnification legisla-
given the right to counsel.
Gideon was given a new trial and
was freed, and thousands of others Belgian Foreign Chief
who suffered injustice because of Rebukes Arab Envoy
state laws denying them counsel
due to their poverty are benefit- Over Boycott Threat
ing from the acts of a semi-illiterate
BRUSSELS (JTA)—Paul Henri-
who set forth his case in a letter Spaak, Belgium's foreign minister,
that will become famous in Ameri- said in the Senate that he had
can legal procedures.
called in an Iraqi diplomat to ex-
In a comment on the case, At- press Belgium's displeasure over
torney General Robert F. Kennedy Arab threats against Belgian firms
planning to participate in the
"Mr. Lewis has translated a name International Fair at Tel Aviv.
on a lawsuit — Clarence Earl Gid-
The foreign minister disclosed
eon — into a determined, fascinat-
his action in reply to questions
ing human being. He has given a
vivid description of the Supreme about the threats. He said he had
Court as an engine of justice and called in the diplomat who signed
democracy. and he has made clear the circulars to convey to him the
how important it is to all of us "undesirable character" of such
that equal justice be equal, even for pressures and that the diplomat
took note of the protest.
the poorest man."
He added that Belgium's mini-
Lewis' "Gideon's Trumpet," de-
scribing the case with great skill, ster for external trade, Henry
becomes an important book not Brasseur, would be present at
only for lawyers but for all who are "Belgian Day" at the Tel Aviv
Fair on Thursday. The Minister
interested in legal justice.
will visit Israel from Wednesday to
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