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Inadmissible Evidence: The Story of the African-American Trial Lawyer Who Defended the Black Liberation Army
     

Inadmissible Evidence: The Story of the African-American Trial Lawyer Who Defended the Black Liberation Army

by Evelyn Williams, Haywood Burns (Foreword by)
 

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The life story of one of the first African-American female trial lawyers, most celebrated for her defense of her niece, Assata Shakur, the revolutionary known as JoAnne Chesimard.

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The life story of one of the first African-American female trial lawyers, most celebrated for her defense of her niece, Assata Shakur, the revolutionary known as JoAnne Chesimard.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Criminal trial lawyer Williams pays attention to gritty details while relating the events of her life: growing up black and female in pre-World War II America; coursing through a white-male-dominated legal academy; being aunt and legal counsel to JoAnne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Army member hunted by the FBI. Williams's parents had migrated north to escape the virulent racism of the South, but they made sure their daughter knew the history and condition of blacks in America. As a trial lawyer, Williams dedicated herself to protecting the rights of poor blacks in New York City. With Shakur implicated in reports of violence by the Black Liberation Army, Williams's family endured increased assaults and surveillance by federal officers. Shakur's notoriety climaxed in the spring of 1973, with her involvement in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that left one state trooper and a civilian dead. Williams's account of the trial, in which she defended Shakur, is the pragmatic, legal counterpart of her niece's own sensational autobiography; Williams is keenly dispassionate about the events leading to the latter's famed escape attempt from a maximum security prison in 1979. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Williams offers here a historical and personal account chronicling her experiences from law school to her becoming one of the first African American female trial lawyers. She also describes in vivid detail the story of her defense of her niece Assata Shakur (formerly JoAnne Chesimard)--the alleged Black Liberation Army leader during the explosive era of the Sixties. Written in a compelling narrative style, this memoir gives students of history a firsthand account of the legal system in practice and of race relations in the United States. Williams also allows readers to catch a glimpse of her personal relationships with her family members. Recommended.-- Angela Washington- Blair, Texas Woman's Univ., Denton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556521843
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.69(d)

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