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Attorney for the Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom 1st Edition
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The 'Introduction' by Arthur Weinberg says Darrow was an orator who played on the emotions of his listeners. But people acted mainly through emotions. Darrow's pleas always had a powerful rational basis. He also defended many causes that were unpopular at the time. Clarence Darrow was a corporate lawyer until he became an attorney for the American Railway Union and its president Eugene Victor Debs. Was it a matter of conscience (p.xxx)? This book contains an edited selection of Darrow's speeches, giving the background and the aftermath.
"Crime and Criminals" has his speech to the prisoners in the Cook County jail. Darrow contrasts the acts of the convicts to the actions of the monopolists (gas, trolley, oil). Advertisements in the newspapers are all lies. More people go to jail in hard times than in good times. Most people who go to jail are poor; they can't afford a good lawyer. There is a correlation between increased poverty and increased crime. Darrow suggests crime is a natural phenomenon, like cattle seeking a better pasture. Having a good lawyer is more important than guilt or innocence! Laws exist to protect the ruling class, not to do justice. Darrow suggests that living where there is plenty of land and a chance to make a living would result in no crime (p.14).Read more ›
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This book profoundly shaped my views on society and justice as a young boy. Timeless and moving.Published 15 months ago by Van Dorn
I beleive that every single American who can read should learn about Clarence Darrow, and what a great Man and American that he was. Read morePublished 18 months ago by clark wright
Mr. Farrell's powerful treatment of Clarence Darrow easily tops my best-of-summer reading list -- and it's only 7/11/11! ! Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Chuck Lewis
The 'Forward' by Justice William O. Douglas says this book contains addresses delivered to juries in criminal cases, and speeches on controversial subjects. Read morePublished on February 26, 2005 by Acute Observer