Devil's Advocates Greatest Closing Arguments in Criminal Law

ISBN-10: 0743246691
ISBN-13: 9780743246699
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Description: The Final Volume in a Must-Have Trilogy of the Best Closing Arguments in American Legal History InThe Devil's Advocates, Michael S. Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell turn to the dramatic crimes and trials of criminal law. The eight famous cases in this  More...

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List price: $26.99
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 9/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The Final Volume in a Must-Have Trilogy of the Best Closing Arguments in American Legal History InThe Devil's Advocates, Michael S. Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell turn to the dramatic crimes and trials of criminal law. The eight famous cases in this riveting collection have set historical precedents and illuminated fundamentals of the American criminal justice system. Future president John Adams illustrates the principle that even the most despised and vilified criminal is entitled to a legal defense in the argument he delivers on behalf of the British soldiers who shot and killed five Americans during the Boston Massacre. Clarence Darrow provides a ringing defense of a black family charged with using deadly force after defending themselves from a violent mob - an argument that refines the concept of self-defense. And perhaps the best-known case is that of Ernesto Miranda, the accused rapist whose trial led to the critically important Miranda decision, which underpins procedure at every criminal arrest. Each case presented is given legal and cultural context, including a brief historical introduction, biographical sketches of the attorneys involved, highlights of trial testimony, analysis of the closing arguments and a summary of the trial's impact on its participants and our country. In clear, jargon-free prose, the authors make these pivotal cases come to vibrant life for every reader.

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.

Introduction: The Closing Argument Chronicles
When Mob Rule Trumps Rule of Law: The U.S. Supreme Court steps in when local authorities don't act to prevent lynchings
When the Constable Blunders: The fruit of the poisonous tree sets the guilty free
Rules of Engagement: Randy Weaver and the Ruby Ridge killings
Defending the Despised: Founding Father fights to save British troops from the gallows after the Boston Massacre
"You Have the Right to Remain Silent": The rapist and the chief justice redefine the use of confessions and police interrogations
The Black Doctor and the White Mob: Clarence Darrow puts racism on trial and proves the home is every American's castle
The Trial of the (Nineteenth) Century: The killer congressman, the philandering district attorney, and the first use of the temporary insanity defense
Genius, Scoundrel, Traitor: Revolutionary War hero, former vice president Aaron Burr faces the hangman and lays the groundwork for treason prosecutions

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