Contempt of Court - MGMT 217 Spring 06 Ken Tinnes CONTEMPT...

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MGMT 217 Ken Tinnes Spring ‘06 C ONTEMPT OF C OURT C HARACTERS Noah Walter Parden - 41 year-old prominent black lawyer of Chattanooga, described as “deliberate and cautious” in his legal practice. Educated at Central Tennessee College in Nashville, TN (7). Took charge of appeals case in defense of Ed Johnson, and brought case before US Supreme Court. Parden had originally rejected Shepherd’s request that he assist with the case because he believed the case was “too political and too socially divisive.” (135). Parden changed his mind after realizing Johnson’s likely innocence through his own investigations prior to the first trial with Shepherd, and the unexpected visitor in his office hours after the verdict—Ed Johnson’s father. “Skinbone” Johnson explained to Parden that his son did want to appeal the verdict; contrary to what he had told Shepherd, but he wanted Parden to represent him. It was after Johnson’s father left that Hutchins sat down with Parden and convinced him that they needed to take the case, and after much deliberation, Parden agreed (139). After fighting for months, with countless sleepless nights and death threats, Parden achieved a partial victory in the fact that he was given the opportunity to state his case in defense of Ed Johnson before the nation’s highest court. The success was bittersweet, however, as Ed Johnson was killed on the day of the Supreme Court’s decision, while Parden was spending the weekend with Hutchins and his wife at a friend’s summer home to celebrate. Styles Linton Hutchins - Parden’s African-American partner in law. Described as having a polar opposite personality than that of Parden, as he was “flamboyant and rebellious.”(7). He won by 8 votes over a white man in the 1886 election for a state-legislative seat, but retired from politics at the end of his two-year term in 1888 because of a large number of threats (138). Hutchins had encouraged Parden to take the highly controversial and dangerous case defending Johnson through the appeals by request from Johnson’s father, who argued that his son was, in fact, innocent of the charges, as well as the fact that the system had been extremely unfair through the hearings by not letting Johnson’s family in. Emmanuel D. Molyneaux Hewlett - Powerful black attorney that teamed up with Parden to bring Johnson’s case before the US Supreme Court. Hewlett was one of the few black lawyers on the Supreme Court bar at the time, and helped Parden achieve success in the Ed Johnson case. Ed Johnson - A single young black man with nothing more than a fourth grade education who was accused of brutally assaulting and raping Nevada Taylor after being identified by a white man, Will Hixson. Johnson did not have a solid job. The little income he earned came from doing various carpentry jobs, such as building houses and working on roofs, as well as odd-jobs at the Last Chance Saloon, which included sweeping, mopping, and tending to the pool tables in the basement. (40) Few people knew much about Johnson, and 5/12/09 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course MGMT 217 taught by Professor Wade during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.

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Contempt of Court - MGMT 217 Spring 06 Ken Tinnes CONTEMPT...

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