Contempt of Court The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism

ISBN-10: 0385720823
ISBN-13: 9780385720823
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In this profound and fascinating book, the authors revisit an overlooked Supreme Court decision that changed forever how justice is carried out in the United States. In 1906, Ed Johnson was the innocnet black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor, a white woman, and sentenced to die in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two black lawyers, not even part of the original defense, appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay, incredibly, was granted. Frenzied with rage at the deision, locals responded by lynching Johnson, and what ensued was a breathtaking whirlwind of groundbreaking legal action whose import, Thurgood Marshall would claim, "has never been fully explained." Provocative, thorough, and gripping, Contempt of Court is a long-overdue look at events that clearly depict the peculiar and tenuous relationship between justice and the law.

Mark Curriden is the legal affairs writer for "The Dallas Morning News". He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Leroy Phillips, Jr., is a prominent trial attorney. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Acknowledgments
Preface
A Plea for Justice
Scene of the Crime
Someone Must Pay
Pretense of Law and Order
"Can You Swear It?"
The Jury's Verdict
Enter Noah Parden
The Appeals Begin
Writ of Habeas Corpus
The Supreme Court Intervenes
Gallows Disappointed
God Bless You All; I Am Innocent
The Honor of the Court
Secret Service Men
Supreme Jurisdiction
Sheriff Shipp on Trial
"Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!"
Epilogue
Appendixes
A Note on Sources
Bibliography
Sources for Illustrations
Index

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