Summary of the Movie “Gideon’s Trumpet”
Gideon’s Trumpet was written to recall the history behind the Gideon v. Wainwright court case and how it made such an enormous impact on United States law. On the night of June 3, 1961, Clearance Gideon broke into a pool room and smashed a cigarette machine and a juke box, taking some money from both and cigarettes. Later that morning a witness reported seeing Gideon break into the pool hall.
Both sides return home and await the Court’s ruling. Gideon wins the case in a unanimous ruling. Following the decision, a massive upheaval of the American justice system takes place in which the states wrangle with the need to assign legal counsel to every defendant. Gideon wins a new trial and—after refusing help from an out-of-town attorney—he is assigned a local lawyer. He wins his freedom.