Authors & Events
Feb 20, 2001
| ISBN 9780385720823
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Feb 20, 2001 | ISBN 9780385720823
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 innocent 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 decision, 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 holds a BA in history from Tennessee Temple University and a JD from the Woodrow Wilson Law School in… More about Mark Curriden
Leroy Phillips Jr. was born in Chattanooga in 1935 and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1960…. More about Leroy Phillips
American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award
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