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Rush to Justice?
Tennessee's Forgotten Trial of the Century - Schoolfield 1958
Author Jerry H. Summers
ISBN 978-1-935186-63-2
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 6" x 9.25" case bound (hardcover); 520 pages on archival paper; 152 illustrations; $34.99
Availability January 2016
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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 2015920329

Type and design by Karen Paul Stone

BIO020000-Biography & Autobiography-lawyers & judges;
HIS036060-History-United States-20th century;
LAW06000-Law-legal history











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 character.
       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 Justice.

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.

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