The Supreme Court: A King's Triumph

A Negro named Edward Simmons was one of the most pugnacious trial lawyers in Chicago back in the 1950s. With a Phi Beta Kappa key hanging from his watch chain—he claimed to be a Howard University alumnus—Simmons tried hundreds of cases, won acquittals for many an accused criminal, and was known for meticulous appeals briefs. He was a touchy sort who once sued the Chicago Transit Authority for $1,000,000 because a bus driver had been rude to him. His colleagues noticed that he took pleasure in berating prosecutors and judges. Simmons was such...

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