Anthony Lewis


During his 46 years at the New York Times, Lewis, who died March 25 at 85, embodied two kinds of American journalism. Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for reporting, he transformed court coverage in the 1960s, turning complex legal issues into clear, compelling stories by drawing heavily on the lives of the people contesting the cases. Gideon's Trumpet, his classic book on the 1963 Supreme Court case that guaranteed the poor a lawyer in state criminal cases, set the standard for that kind of legal journalism. Then, as a columnist for the Times until his retirement in 2001, Lewis...

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