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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down Greatest Closing Arguments Protecting Civil Liberties

ISBN-10: 0743246675
ISBN-13: 9780743246675
Edition: 2006
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Description: The second volume in a must-have trilogy of the best closing arguments in American legal history Every day, Americans enjoy the freedom to decide what we do with our property, our bodies, our speech, and our votes. However, the rights to these  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

The second volume in a must-have trilogy of the best closing arguments in American legal history Every day, Americans enjoy the freedom to decide what we do with our property, our bodies, our speech, and our votes. However, the rights to these freedoms have not always been guaranteed. Our civil rights have been assured by cases that have produced monumental shifts in America's cultural, political, and legal landscapes. And the Walls Came Tumbling Downshowcases eight of the most exciting closing arguments in civil law -- from the Amistad case, in which John Quincy Adams brought the injustice of slavery to the center stage of American politics, to the Susan B. Anthony decision, which paved the way to success for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, in which the porn king became an unlikely champion for freedom of speech. By providing historical and biographical details, as well as the closing arguments themselves, Lief and Caldwell give readers the background necessary to fully understand these important cases, bringing them vividly to life.

Lawyer and editor Michael S. Lief has collaborated with two law professors Mitchell Caldwell and Ben Bycel, to write "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments in Modern Law" (1998). Deputy district attorney Lief, et al spent five years researching in the National Archives and newspaper files for the finest closing arguments in American history, for trials that stand the test of time. War crimes, nuclear power transgressions, and equal rights are presented in chapters titled "Architects of Genocide", "Death by Plutonium", and a "Man's World No More". Each chapter has an historical introduction, a biography of the lawyer, an analysis of trial tactics, and a transcript of the summation. The authors have written this book for law practitioners as well as the lay audience. They state their purpose in the introduction to the book "...read how these experts weave their tales of betrayal, violence, oppression, and hope, and see what can be done by a quick-thinking lawyer, armed with his wits - and the power of his words." Lief has been a Navy submarine diver, a newspaper editor and a litigator in the district attorney's office of Ventura, California.

H. Mitchell Caldwell is a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. A former deputy district attorney, he specializes in death-penalty litigation before the California Supreme Court.

To be or not to be : Karen Ann Quinlan and the right to die
The Amistad Odyssey : American courts decide if a free man can be forced into slavery
Enemy within : radio star John Henry Faulk challenges the McCarthy-era blacklist
A woman's rightful place : Susan B. Anthony casts a vote and battles for the ballot
The truth shall set you free : the English crown and colonial government try muzzling newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger and the fledgling American Press
The porn king and the preacher : Larry Flynt takes on the moral majority and becomes an unlikely champion for free speech
What price too high? : one woman's fight for survival against cancer - and her HMO
Cleansing the gene pool : Carrie Buck's forced sterilization and the limits on reproductive freedom

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