Forgotten Trial of the Century - Schoolfield 1958
Jerry H. Summers
Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
6" x 9.25" case bound
(hardcover); 520 pages on archival paper; 152 illustrations;
Summers, Rufalo and Rogers
Suite 800, James Building
735 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga, Tennessee, trial attorney covers
the first part of a controversial judge's life. Raulston Schoolfield
was removed from office by an impeachment conducted by the Tennessee
General Assembly in 1958. This book explores details of the investigation,
trial, press coverage and outcome. 152 illustrations.
Library of Congress Control Number
Type and design by Karen Paul
BIO020000-Biography & Autobiography-lawyers
HIS036060-History-United States-20th century;
- What others are saying:
- Valuable insights into the colorful
character and motivations of Raulston Schoolfield. Rush to Justice?
captures the rich backdrop of the community and times of this
remarkable and complex personality. While Summers' in-depth research
is obvious, he weaves the facts into a highly engaging story
which reads like fiction, yet it is all too true.
Muecke Barker, retired Chief Justice of
the Tennessee Supreme Court
- Remarkable life story of Raulston
Schoolfield's journey and struggles for redemption in a legal
and judicial career engulfed by the turbulent times of mid-twentieth
century politics. Summers presents provocative research for the
reader to decide if justice was done in Judge Schoolfield's 1958
Senate impeachment trial, or if he was the uncompromising victim
of political enemies abusing executive and legislative powers.
Wm. Ralph Hill, Jr., Senior Judge, Superior
Court of the State of Georgia
- Jerry Summers, a top Tennessee
attorney, has written a lively exploration of the most colorful
members of the bar of our time. Raulston Schoolfield was always
controversial, and Summers' book captures nuances of this fascinating
Mickey Robbins, Investment Advisor, Patten
& Patten, Chattanooga, TN
- While reading the story of the
colorful and controversial Raulston Schoolfield, I found myself
transitioning constantly - at one moment feeling admiration for
Schoolfield only to have the admiration replaced by confusion,
doubt and skepticism about his choices. Rush to Justice? tells
a fascinating story about Tennessee history, politics and law.
It is a story much enhanced by Jerry Summers' dogged research
and his unique perspective on his beloved home town and profession.
We can only hope that Jerry will have mercy on his readers and
tell the rest of Schoolfield's story in a subsequent volume.
Penny White, University of Tennessee law
professor and former Tennessee Supreme Court
About the Author: Jerry H. Summers is a practicing attorney in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. He has served as an assistant district attorney, criminal
defense attorney, and personal injury and labor lawyer since
he began the practice of law in 1966. He has argued cases before
the United States and Tennessee Supreme Courts and has been involved
in numerous landmark decisions in both civil and criminal law.
Other books by this author:
- The Turtle and the Lawyer
ISBN: 978-1-935186-62-5 Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc., Walden,
- Schoolfiled: Out of the Ahses 1958-1982
ISBN: 978-1-935186-91-5 Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc., Walden,
J. Farmer: We Called Him Coach
ISBN: 978-1-935186-92-2 Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc., Walden,
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Times Free Press on local history subjects..
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