Melvin Belli: King of the Courtroom

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A legal pioneer who fought powerful corporations while consorting with strippers, madams and Mafioso, Melvin Belli was a swashbuckling character who was flamboyant, eccentric, and narcissistic. Some believed him to be a genius, others an ambulance chaser but there was no question that he was the most famous lawyer of the 20th century, one who represented clients such a Jack Ruby, The Rolling Stones, Mohammed Ali, and mobster Mickey Cohen.
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Overview

A legal pioneer who fought powerful corporations while consorting with strippers, madams and Mafioso, Melvin Belli was a swashbuckling character who was flamboyant, eccentric, and narcissistic. Some believed him to be a genius, others an ambulance chaser but there was no question that he was the most famous lawyer of the 20th century, one who represented clients such a Jack Ruby, The Rolling Stones, Mohammed Ali, and mobster Mickey Cohen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461009948
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,057,341
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents


Author's Note     xi
Prologue     xvii
Book I
A Lawyer is Born     3
Young Belli     15
A Courtroom Revolution     23
Adventures with Robin Hood     37
Modern Trials     49
A Day in the Life     61
Book II
Jack Ruby     73
Insanity     81
Ruby on Trial     87
On Behalf of Ruby     95
The Verdict     107
Book III
722 Montgomery Street     119
The Rich, the Poor, the Famous, the Infamous     137
Trouble with J. Edgar Hoover     157
Fame, Friends, Parties, and Pranks     167
Lady's Man     179
Taking on Tobacco     187
Recollections     195
Tough Times Ahead     205
Financial Ruin     213
Belli's Final Days     227
War at Home     233
Epilogue     239
Books   Melvin Belli     243
Memberships     245
Academic Honors     247
Bibliography     249
Acknowledgments     251
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