Attorney for the Damned

Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom

Author: Clarence Darrow

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226136515

Category: Law

Page: 576

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A famous defender of the underdog, the oppressed, and the powerless, Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) is one of the true legends of the American legal system. His cases were many and various, but all were marked by his unequivocal sense of justice, as well as his penchant for representing infamous and unpopular clients, such as the Chicago thrill killers Leopold and Loeb; Ossian Sweet, the African American doctor charged with murder after fighting off a violent, white mob in Detroit; and John T. Scopes, the teacher on trial in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Published for the first time in 1957, Attorney for the Damned collects Darrow’s most influential summations and supplements them with scene-setting explanations and comprehensive notes by Arthur Weinberg. Darrow confronts issues that remain relevant over half a century after his death: First Amendment rights, capital punishment, and the separation of church and state. With an insightful forward by Justice William O. Douglas, this volume serves as a powerful reminder of Darrow’s relevance today.

Die Massen bewegen

Medien und Emotionen in der Moderne

Author: Frank Bösch,Manuel Borutta

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 9783593382005

Category: Emotions

Page: 411

View: 3305

Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned

Author: John A. Farrell

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0385534515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 7430

Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero. Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind. His days-long closing arguments delivered without notes won miraculous reprieves for men doomed to hang. Darrow left a promising career as a railroad lawyer during the tumultuous Gilded Age in order to champion poor workers, blacks, and social and political outcasts against big business, Jim Crow, and corrupt officials. He became famous defending union leader Eugene Debs in the land­mark Pullman Strike case and went from one headline case to the next—until he was nearly crushed by an indictment for bribing a jury. He redeemed himself in Dayton, Tennessee, defending schoolteacher John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial,” cementing his place in history. Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the famous poet Edgar Lee Masters; a shocking disclosure about one of his most controversial cases; and explosive revelations of shady tactics he used in his own trial for bribery. Clarence Darrow is a sweeping, surprising portrait of a leg­endary legal mind. From the Hardcover edition.

Black Prophetic Fire

Author: Cornel West,Christa Buschendorf

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807018104

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 4306

"Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines. West finds that Douglass and, to some extent, Du Bois fall short of the high standards he holds them to, while King has been sanitized and even 'Santaclausified,' rendering him less radical. By providing new insights that humanize all of these well-known figures, West takes an important step in rekindling the Black prophetic fire so essential in the age of Obama"

The Drama of the Courtroom

Author: Kathy Laster,Krista Breckweg,John King

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 9781862873391

Category: Education

Page: 130

View: 9393

This innovative teaching resource lists films with significant courtroom scenes, illustrating the dramatic and tactical aspects of adversarial practice, including the demonstration of evidentiary rules in practice. The structure of the filmography is divided into two parts: the subject index followed by the synopses of films (see samples below) and subdivided by jurisdiction. The book encourages debate and discussion about the uses and role of law and its assumptions, its techniques of fact-finding and mechanisms for establishing truth. Covers civil and criminal law with a range of cases, from AIDS (Philadelphia) to war (Judgement at Nuremberg, QB VII), using films from the US, Great Britain, Australia and other countries.Two examples from the book are provided below - see Extracts.

The Jury

Trial and Error in the American Courtroom

Author: Stephen J. Adler

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)


Category: Jury

Page: 285

View: 2816

Argues that the American jury system produces inconsistent and, sometimes, illogical verdicts, looks at seven actual cases, and suggests ways to improve the jury system

Advocates and Activists, 1919-1941

Men and Women who Shaped the Period Between the Wars

Author: David Garrett Izzo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780972228954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 664

View: 7122

35 short-to-medium-length biographies of men and women--in politics, law, education, labor, the arts, etc.--whose work is seen to have advanced change in America the period between the World Wars.

Chicago portraits

biographies of 250 famous Chicagoans

Author: June Skinner Sawyers

Publisher: Loyola Pr


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 322

View: 5089

Provides sketches of prominent figures associated with the city of Chicago, including Nelson Algren and Sherwood Anderson.

Metropole und Verbrechen

die Gerichtsreportage in Berlin, Paris und Chicago 1919-1933

Author: Daniel Siemens

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh

ISBN: 9783515090087

Category: History

Page: 444

View: 3048

A comparative study of legal journalism as a reflection of the socio-political situation in Germany, France and the United States from the end of World War I to the rise of the Nazi government in Germany. German text.

Defending the Damned

Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office

Author: Kevin Davis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743293584

Category: Law

Page: 320

View: 8037

Chicago was the nation's deadliest city in 2001, recording 666 homicides. For lawyers in the Cook County Public Defender's Office Murder Task Force, that meant a steady flow of new clients. Eight out of ten people arrested for murder in Chicago are represented by public defenders. They're assigned the most challenging and seemingly hopeless cases, yet they always fight to win. One of those lawyers is Marijane Placek, a snakeskin boot-wearing, Shakespeare-quoting nonconformist whose courtroom bravado and sharp legal skills have made her a well-known figure around the courthouse. When an ex-convict was arrested on charges of killing a Chicago police officer that deadly year, Placek got the high-profile case, and her defense forms the hub around which the book's narrative revolves. Veteran journalist Kevin Davis reveals the compelling true story of a team of battle-scarred lawyers fighting against all odds. Unflinching, gripping, and full of surprises, Defending the Damned is an unforgettable human story and engaging courtroom drama where life and death hang in the balance. Davis explores the motives that compel these lawyers to come to work in this dark corner of the criminal justice system and exposes their insular and often misunderstood world. This groundbreaking work comes at a time when the country has seen how wrongful convictions have slipped through the system, that innocent people have been sent to death row, and that some police have lied or coerced suspects into confessing to crimes they did not commit. Such flaws drive these public defenders even harder to do their jobs, providing scrutiny to a long ignored and often broken system. Davis's reporting offers an unvarnished account of public defenders as never seen before. A powerful melding of courtroom drama and penetrating truecrime journalism, Defending the Damned is narrative nonfiction at its finest.

The Old Devil

Clarence Darrow: The World's Greatest Trial Lawyer

Author: Donald McRae

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847377726

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 6773

Clarence Darrow was one of the most legendary and influential trial lawyers the world has ever seen. Famous for his ability to turn seemingly unwinnable cases his way through his oratory and his uncanny skill at reading the mood of a jury, he was a man whose work inspired impassioned campaigns against the death penalty as well as lavish Hollywood movies. But, despite his success, he also had a troubled life outside the court, and some of his most famous cases came after he himself had been put on trial. Now award-winning writer Donald McRae revisits the three greatest trials which secured Darrow's near-mythic reputation and brings them vividly to life. The public themes which Darrow confronted still resonate powerfully today: sex and murder, religion and science, racism, the media and the law. Written with great intimacy, drama and immediacy, this is a sweeping story which offers piercing insight into one of the most towering and controversial personalities of the twentieth century.

The Blood Feud

Devil Anse Hatfield & the Real Mccoys

Author: Stephen W. Snuffer

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466952032

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 6694

The Hatfield-McCoy feud of the 1880s and some time thereafter is one of the noted stories of folklore in America. Today the causes of that family and friends war between the Hatfields and the McCoys will be consideredthe events which led up to the tragedy. There were many causes, an accumulation of things, which finally touched off the feud, or private war, which it actually was, between two determined families. First cause I think can be attributed to the very natures of those concerned. Both families were people of nerve because blood of British origin pulsed in their veins. That blood bespoke stubborn resistance and unflinching determination, an unwavering set. Came the Civil War of 186165 and neighbor lined up against neighbor. In the Union corner was Randolph McCoy, leader of the McCoy clan. In the Confederate corner, six feet of devil and 180 pounds of hell, according to Randolph McCoy, was Anderson (Devil Anse) Hatfield, head of the Hatfield horde. When the war ended in 1865, the internecine feelings of these two neighboring familiesonly the narrow Tug River separated themdid not make for friendly relations. Indeed it had been rumored that Devil Anse Hatfield, in the course of his warfare sometime before the Civil War ended, had slain Harmon McCoy, a brother of Randolph McCoy. This rumor was never proven. In fact, some stated that Jim Vance, later to die in the feud as a friend of the Hatfields, was the one who murdered Harmon McCoy. Whoever killed Harmon McCoy is unknown for sure even to this day, but one thing is sure, his death created ill feeling between the McCoys and the Hatfields, from the McCoy corner, of course. A third cause of the feud was a family quarrel, which wound up in the court of a justice of the peace. That was eight years after the Civil War had ended. In those days in the rugged regions of the Tug, the people let their hogs run loose and fatten on the mast of nut-bearing trees, chestnut, acorn, hazel, and other trees.

Political Trials in History

From Antiquity to the Present

Author: Ron Christenson

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412831253

Category: Law

Page: 528

View: 4638

Prepared in dictionary format, this volume reexamines the uses of political trials. Through the conduct and context of key trials throughout history, the reader is made to understand an aspect of public life too easily misconstrued, although never neglected: the political side of litigation. Most of the trials in this volume were significant enough to continue to shape our interpretation of the law long after the court made its judgment and all appeals were completed. The dialogue they initiated may last for decades, even for centuries. Such trials provide us with an insight into the vital aspects of our public life, the civilizing capacity of politics.

St. James Guide to Biography

Author: Paul E. Schellinger

Publisher: St James Press

ISBN: 9781558621466

Category: Reference

Page: 870

View: 2260

Each entry contains a bibliographical listing of biographies written on the subject with a critical essay reviewing the biographies listed.