Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments In Modern Law

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Until now, only the twelve jurors who sat in judgment were able to appreciate these virtuoso performances, where weeks of testimony were boiled down and presented with flair, wit, and high drama. For five years the authors researched every archive from those of the L.A. Times to the dusty stacks of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and readers can now lose themselves in the summations of America's finest litigators.

Clarence Darrow saves Leopold and Loeb from the ...

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Overview

Until now, only the twelve jurors who sat in judgment were able to appreciate these virtuoso performances, where weeks of testimony were boiled down and presented with flair, wit, and high drama. For five years the authors researched every archive from those of the L.A. Times to the dusty stacks of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and readers can now lose themselves in the summations of America's finest litigators.

Clarence Darrow saves Leopold and Loeb from the gallows in the Roaring Twenties. Gerry Spence takes on the nuclear power industry for the death of Karen Silkwood in a modern-day David and Goliath struggle. Vincent Bugliosi squares off against the madness of Charles Manson and his murderous "family" in the aftermath of their bloody spree. Clara Foltz, the first woman to practice law in California, argues passionately to an all-male jury, defending her place in the courtroom. Bobby DeLaughter brings the killer of civil-rights leader Medgar Evers to justice after thirty years and two mistrials. Aubrey Daniel brings Lt. William Calley, Jr., to justice for the My Lai massacre. William Kunstler challenges the establishment after the '68 Chicago riots in his defense of yippie leaders known as the Chicago Seven.

Each closing argument is put into context by the authors, who provide historical background, a brief biography of each attorney, and commentary, pointing out the trial tactics used to great effect by the lawyers, all in language that is jargon-free for the benefit of the lay reader.

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Editorial Reviews

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Don Franzen Los Angeles Times Book Review Lawyers and nonlawyers will enjoy the passion and eloquence of these counselors; practitioners of law will find much to learn from them.

Henry G. Miller New York Law Journal As much about history as advocacy.

Bruce D. Brown Legal Times What makes Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury enjoyable, in the end, is the variety of styles in the volume — Spence's chatty informality; Darrow's use of the rhetorical question; Kunstler's blunt spoken tongue; Jackson's awesome solemnity....The flavor of the times comes through in the voices in the courtroom.

James C. Alvord The San Diego Union-Tribune [The] arguments read like passionate poems, deftly crafted to challenge the mind and satisfy the soul....Masterful speeches.

Richard Roberts The Indianapolis Star The majesty of the law stands tall in this presentation of the powerful closing arguments in ten of the most dramatic and eventful trials of modern times....Relatively few people were present for their original delivery. Now anyone can revisit them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684859484
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 925,943
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S Lief is a senior deputy district attorney in Ventura, California. A former newspaper editor, he was a submarine driver for the U. S. Navy during the Cold War.

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Architects of Genocide: The Victorious Allies Put Hitler's Henchmen in the Defendant's Box at Nuremberg 13
Chapter 2 Darrow in the Docket: In a Time of Labor Unrest, America's Greatest Litigator and Friend of the Workingman Fights for His Professional Life 59
Chapter 3 Disorder in the Court: The Trial of the Chicago Seven Pits the Establishment Against the Woodstock Generation 103
Chapter 4 Death by Plutonium: Fallout from Karen Silkwood's Death Brings the Nuclear Industry to Its Knees 119
Chapter 5 Leopold and Loeb: "Spare Them, for They Know All Too Well What They Do" 159
Chapter 6 A Man's World No More: Clara Shortridge Foltz Sends Shockwaves Through the Turn-of-the-Century Legal Establishment When She Becomes the First Woman to Do Battle in California's Courts 211
Chapter 7 Peace, Love, and Murder: Manson Family Mastermind Sentenced to Die for Followers' Murderous Rampage 223
Chapter 8 Justice Delayed but Not Denied: Three Trials and Thirty Years Later, Medgar Evers's Assassin Pays the Piper 289
Chapter 9 Coke, Lies, and Videotape: The DeLorean Defense Team Convinces Jurors They Can't Trust Their Eyes--Or the Feds 305
Chapter 10 Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and My Lai: A Generation After Nuremberg, Home-Grown War Criminals Claim They Were Just Following Orders When They Murdered an Entire Village 345
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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    A Fun Read, Mainly For Enthusiasts

    With the forces of unparalleled rhetorical tact and great attention to detail, these authors execute a few prominent trials' closing arguments that proved at the least adequate for leaning the judge or jury exactly where the presented attorney(s) desired. The writers definitely have a skill for organizing keynote circumstances to set up the arguments and depicting the value of their content, but at times, the reader may feel like he is not getting quite the entire picture, and the deficit of opposing arguments -excluding the last case- perhaps takes away the most significant virtue of an argument: dominion over opposition.

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