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Anthony Lewis dies: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was 85 years old

25 March 2013 3:02 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Anthony Lewis died Monday, at 85 years old, the Associated Press reports. His passing was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, where his wife worked as a chief justice.

For 32 years, Lewis worked as a columnist for the New York Times, championing causes like free speech and human rights. His first Pulitzer was awarded in 1955, for a report that defended a Navy civilian, falsely accused of being a sympathizer for the Communist party. His second win was for a report about the Supreme Court in 1963.

Lewis was also an accomplished author, with his book "Gideon's Trumpet" telling the story of Clarence Earl Gideon, a petty thief who fought for legal representation. The outcome of the case led to the creation of the public defender system in the United States. A movie adaptation of the novel starred Henry Fonda.

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