The Christian Burial Case: An Introduction to Criminal and Judicial Procedure

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Chapter 7

The Second Trial

Society has police to protect it from thieves and murderers, and it has lawyers to protect it from the police. No one has yet discovered how to protect society from the lawyers.

—Phillip E. Johnson 1

The day after the decision was made in Brewer v. Williams, 2 interest in the decision was so high that the Des Moines Register took the unusual step of publishing the entire majority opinion in its pages. Reaction in Iowa to the Supreme Court’s decision was quick. Police Chief Nichols said the Court’s decision was “asinine.” 3 Cleatus Leaming said that he was disappointed in the verdict, but added that the fact that the case was heard by the Supreme Court showed the system worked. Vincent Hanrahan, who had been the chief prosecutor in Williams’s trial, was unhappy with the decision and had hoped the Court would change the Miranda rule. Richard Turner, Iowa’s attorney general, called the decision “a bitter pill.” 4 District Judge Glanton, the judge who had allowed Williams’s statements on the trip from Davenport to Des Moines to be used as evidence at the preliminary hearing, thought the decision was a good one, which made clear that a person’s right to counsel could not be taken away through subterfuge. Deputy Warden Paul Hedgepeth said that Williams had heard the Court’s announcement over the radio and was pretty happy but was refusing to comment based on the advice of his attorney. Pamela’s parents, who now lived in Washington, Michigan, were, of course, disappointed with the decision. Merlin Powers,

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