We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | June 22, 2015

    Stephen Jarvis: IMG Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures



    1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Death and Mr. Pickwick

      Stephen Jarvis 9780374139667

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$11.95
List price: $16.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Gender Studies- Gay Studies
1 Burnside Gay and Lesbian- History and Biography

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence V. Texas

by

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence V. Texas Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

No one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have imagined that the arrest of two men for a minor criminal offense would reverberate in American constitutional law, exposing a deep malignity in our judicial system and challenging the traditional conception of what makes a family. Indeed, when Harris County sheriff's deputies entered the second-floor apartment, there was no gun. Instead, they reported that they had walked in on John Lawrence and Tyron Garner having sex in Lawrence's bedroom. So begins Dale Carpenter's "gripping and brilliantly researched" , a work nine years in the making that transforms our understanding of what we thought we knew about , the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2003 that invalidated America's sodomy laws. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Carpenter has taken on the "gargantuan" task of extracting the truth about the case, analyzing the claims of virtually every person involved. Carpenter first introduces us to the interracial defendants themselves, who were hardly prepared "for the strike of lightning" that would upend their lives, and then to the Harris County arresting officers, including a sheriff's deputy who claimed he had "looked eye to eye" in the faces of the men as they allegedly fornicated. Carpenter skillfully navigates Houston's complex gay world of the late 1990s, where a group of activists and court officers, some of them closeted themselves, refused to bury what initially seemed to be a minor arrest. The author charts not only the careful legal strategy that Lambda Legal attorneys adopted to make the case compatible to a conservative Supreme Court but also the miscalculations of the Houston prosecutors who assumed that the nation's extant sodomy laws would be upheld. Masterfully reenacting the arguments that riveted spectators and Justices alike in 2003, then reaches a point where legal history becomes literature, animating a Supreme Court decision as few writers have done. In situating within the larger framework of America's four-century persecution of gay men and lesbians, compellingly demonstrates that gay history is an integral part of our national civil rights story.

Synopsis:

"A highly informative, detailed, even thrilling account of how the Supreme Court arguments reshaped American law."--Michael Bronkski,

About the Author

Dale Carpenter is the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He lives in Minneapolis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393345124
Subtitle:
The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
Author:
Carpenter, Dale
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Law-Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Publication Date:
20130617
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of illustrations
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » History and Social Science
Gay and Lesbian » History and Social Science » History and Biographies
Health and Self-Help » Sexuality » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Gay Studies
History and Social Science » Law » Civil Liberties and Human Rights
History and Social Science » Law » Constitutional Law
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Reference » Science Reference » General

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence V. Texas Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.95 In Stock
Product details 384 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393345124 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A highly informative, detailed, even thrilling account of how the Supreme Court arguments reshaped American law."--Michael Bronkski,
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.