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.

Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned
Author: John A. Farrell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385534515
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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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 Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the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.

The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow


Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0812966775
Category: Law
Page: 254
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A comprehensive anthology of the writings of the distinguished American lawyer, writer, and social critic encompasses an assortment of opening statements, trial arguments, essays, and excerpts from his memoir, illuminating the ideals, aspirations, and passions that defined this iconic attorney. Original.

Closing Arguments

Clarence Darrow on Religion, Law, and Society
Author: Clarence Darrow,S. T. Joshi
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821416324
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 268
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Annotation Closing Arguments collects thoughts on spiritual, legal, and social issues by this Ohio native renowned for his central role in momentous trials.

The Story of My Life


Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1329374096
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 474
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Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 - March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert ""Bobby"" Franks (1924). Some of his other notable cases included defending Ossian Sweet, and John T. Scopes in the Scopes ""Monkey"" Trial (1925), in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan (statesman, noted orator, and three-time presidential candidate). Called a ""sophisticated country lawyer,"" he remains notable for his wit, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians. Today, Clarence Darrow is remembered for his reputation as a fierce litigator who, in many cases, championed the cause of the underdog; because of this, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest criminal defense lawyers in American history and therefor has he served as a model for almost every lawyer on film or television.

Crime

Its Cause and Treatment
Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crime
Page: 292
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Resist Not Evil


Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Criminal law
Page: 179
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Clarence Darrow

American Iconoclast
Author: Andrew E. Kersten
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 080909486X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 306
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A portrait of the famous lawyer goes beyond his political beliefs and work on controversial cases to offer insight into his contributions as an early modernity iconoclast, citing his achievements as a voice against corporate and government interference in the lives of everyday citizens. By the author of Politics and Progress. 15,000 first printing.

In the Clutches of the Law

Clarence Darrow's Letters
Author: Clarence Darrow,Randall Tietjen
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520265580
Category: History
Page: 550
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This volume presents a selection of 500 letters by Clarence Darrow, the pre-eminent courtroom lawyer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Randall Tietjen selected these letters from over 2,200 letters in archives around the country, as well as from one remarkable find—the kind of thing historians dream about: a cache of about 330 letters by Darrow hidden away in the basement of Darrow’s granddaughter’s house. This collection provides the first scholarly edition of Darrow’s letters, expertly annotated and including a large amount of previously unknown material and hard-to-locate letters. Because Darrow was a gifted writer and led a fascinating life, the letters are a delight to read. This volume also presents a major introduction by the editor, along with a chronology of Darrow’s life, and brief biographical sketches of the important individuals who appear in the letters.

How Can You Represent Those People?


Author: A. Smith,M. Freedman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137311959
Category: Social Science
Page: 228
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How Can You Represent Those People? is the first-ever collection of essays offering a response to the 'Cocktail Party Question' asked of every criminal lawyer. A must-read for anyone interested in race, poverty, crime, punishment, and what makes lawyers tick.

Industrial Conspiracies


Author: Clarence S. Darrow
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1775560341
Category: Law
Page: 34
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Before he gained notoriety as the lawyer who defended teenage murderers Leopold and Loeb, lawyer Clarence Darrow was an important figure in the labor movement and progressive causes. In his talk Industrial Conspiracies, Darrow provides a wide-ranging look at his own political philosophy, including his somewhat radical insistence that the U.S. Constitution -- and by extension, the country's system of democracy -- should be abolished and rebuilt from scratch.

The Scopes Monkey Trial


Author: Randy Moore,William McComas
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439656576
Category: Science
Page: 128
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The 1925 case against high school coach and science teacher John Scopes, arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of a Tennessee state law, was America’s original “Trial of the Century.” The proceedings began as a publicity stunt but grew into a landmark event in the nation’s history. The trial featured three-time presidential candidate and fundamentalist leader William Jennings Bryan, who argued on behalf of the prosecution, and famed agnostic attorney Clarence Darrow, who helped defend Scopes. Although the Scopes case produced no legal precedent, the trial has been analyzed by historians, praised and vilified by politicians and preachers, cited in countless legal, political, and theological skirmishes, and retold in plays, movies, museum exhibits, and television documentaries. Images of America: The Scopes Monkey Trial examines the events that captured the attention of the world and still have much to teach us today.

The Fall of the House of Zeus

The Rise and Ruin of America's Most Powerful Trial Lawyer
Author: Curtis Wilkie
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307460711
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 393
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“Over the past four decades no reporter has critiqued the American South with such evocative sensitivity and bedrock honesty as Curtis Wilkie.” —Douglas Brinkley The Fall of the House of Zeus tells the story of Dickie Scruggs, arguably the most successful plaintiff's lawyer in America. A brother-in-law of Trent Lott, the former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Scruggs made a fortune taking on mass tort lawsuits against “Big Tobacco” and the asbestos industries. He was hailed by Newsweek as a latter day Robin Hood, and portrayed in the movie, The Insider, as a dapper aviator-lawyer. Scruggs' legal triumphs rewarded him lavishly, and his success emboldened both his career maneuvering and his influence in Southern politics--but at a terrible cost, culminating in his spectacular fall, when he was convicted for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi state judge. Here Mississippi is emblematic of the modern South, with its influx of new money and its rising professional class, including lawyers such as Scruggs, whose interests became inextricably entwined with state and national politics. Based on extensive interviews, transcripts, and FBI recordings never made public, The Fall of the House of Zeus exposes the dark side of Southern and Washington legal games and power politics: the swirl of fixed cases, blocked investigations, judicial tampering, and a zealous prosecution that would eventually ensnare not only Scruggs but his own son, Zach, in the midst of their struggle with insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina damages. In gripping detail, Curtis Wilkie crafts an authentic legal thriller propelled by a “welter of betrayals and personal hatreds,” providing large supporting parts for Trent Lott and Jim Biden, brother of then-Senator Joe, and cameos by John McCain, Al Gore, and other DC insiders and influence peddlers. Above all, we get to see how and why the mighty fail and fall, a story as gripping and timeless as a Greek tragedy. From the Hardcover edition.

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
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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 Great Trials of Clarence Darrow

The Landmark Cases of Leopold and Loeb, John T. Scopes, and Ossian Sweet
Author: Donald McRae
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062009907
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 448
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“Wonderfully evocative… Donald McRae captures the Great Defender in all his complexity.... A joy to read.” — Kevin Boyle, National Book Award-winning author of Arc of Justice "Astonishingly vivid." —James Tobin, Award-winning author of Ernie Pyle’s War The story of the three dramatic trials that resurrected the life and career of America’s most colorful—and controversial—defense attorney: Clarence Darrow. Many books, plays, and movies have covered Darrow and the trials of Leopold and Loeb, John T. Scopes, and Ossian Sweet before: Geoffrey Cowan’s The People v. Clarence Darrow; Simon Baatz’s For the Thrill of It; Kevin Boyle’s Arc of Justice; Meyer Levin’s Compulsion and the film adaptation of the same name; Inherit the Wind; but few, if any, have achieved the intimacy and immediacy of Donald McRae’s The Great Trials of Clarence Darrow.

One Man's Castle

Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream
Author: Phyllis Vine
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060938277
Category: History
Page: 384
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Documents the events surrounding the racially charged court case involving the Southern Exodus, the KKK, and the Sweet family, tracing the prejudice that targeted 1925 Detroit's first African-Americans and the unprecedented hiring of attorney Clarence Darrow by the NAACP. By the author of Families in Pain. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

A Book of Legal Lists

The Best and Worst in American Law, with 150 Court and Judge Trivia Questions
Author: the late Bernard Schwartz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198026945
Category: Law
Page: 304
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Who are the top ten greatest Supreme Court Justices of all time? Who are the worst ten? Which Supreme Court decision helped lead to the Civil War? What are the ten greatest and worst Supreme Court decisions? What are the ten best courtroom movies? Who was the last to use the Supreme Court spittoon? Who was the first Justice to wear trousers beneath his Supreme Court robes? From John Marshall, the greatest Supreme Court Justice, to Alfred Moore, one of the worst, Bernard Schwartz's A Book of Legal Lists--the first ever compiled--provides the Ten Bests and Worsts in American law (and also includes answers to 150 trivia questions about the legal world). The lists include the greatest dissents and Supreme Court "might have beens;" greatest non-Supreme Court judges (Lemuel Shaw, number one on the Greatest list, played a prominent role in recasting common law into an American mold); greatest and worst non-Supreme Court decisions; greatest law books; lawyers (including Alexander Hamilton, Clarence Darrow "Attorney for the Damned", and Abraham Lincoln); trials; and greatest legal motion pictures. Each list entry has a short essay by Schwartz explaining why it is a best or a worst, and it is in these essays that we gain a wealth of information about the legal world. We learn, for instance, that Sherman Minton, number ten on the Worst Supreme Court Justices list, was such a nonentity that he may be best remembered as the last to use the spittoon provided for each Justice behind the bench. Before he became Chief Justice, William H. Rehnquist was known for playing Trivial Pursuit on the bench, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote 873 opinions for the Court (the most in its history), and Roger Brooke Taney, number ten on the Greatest Supreme Court Justices list, was the first Chief Justice to wear trousers beneath his robes (his predecessors had always given judgment in knee breeches). Stretching back to the early 1700s, the law and the judges who interpret it have maintained a steady presence in our lives--sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. From disappointments like Plessy v. Ferguson (number two on the Ten Worst Supreme Court Decisions list), which gave the lie to the American ideal "that all men are created equal," to lesser known but no less important decisions such as the 1933 United States v. One Book Called "Ulysses", (number nine on the Ten Greatest Non-Supreme Court Decisions) the landmark First Amendment case that eased the law governing censorship, Bernard Schwartz provides legal experts and non-experts alike with entertaining information in a format that can be found nowhere else.

Damned in Paradise

A Nathan Heller Novel
Author: Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Signet Book
ISBN: 9780451191045
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Nathan Heller teams up with legendary attorney Clarence Darrow to help solve the infamous "Massie" case, in which a beautiful Hawaiian socialite, Thalia Massie, blames a group of island natives for her rape, leaving Heller to delve into a world rife with racial tension and intrigue. Reprint.