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

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

by Leroy Phillips
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385720823
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
397,995
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1A Plea for Justice3
2Scene of the Crime20
3Someone Must Pay34
4Pretense of Law and Order51
5"Can You Swear It?"78
6The Jury's Verdict110
7Enter Noah Parden130
8The Appeals Begin142
9Writ of Habeas Corpus154
10The Supreme Court Intervenes169
11Gallows Disappointed188
12God Bless You All; I Am Innocent198
13The Honor of the Court215
14Secret Service Men236
15Supreme Jurisdiction256
16Sheriff Shipp on Trial285
17"Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!"317
Epilogue337
Appendixes353
A Note on Sources375
Bibliography377
Sources for Illustrations385
Index387

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