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The Devil's Advocates : Greatest Closing Arguments in Criminal Law - Michael S. Lief

The Devil's Advocates

Greatest Closing Arguments in Criminal Law

Paperback Published: 11th September 2007
ISBN: 9780743246699
Number Of Pages: 448

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The Final Volume in a Must-Have Trilogy of the Best Closing Arguments in American Legal History

In "The 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.

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"The mark of good literature is that it serves to teach and to delight. The Devil's Advocates does both, and it also inspires." - The Federal Lawyer "Some of the cases are famous, some are infamous, and some are obscure, but all are revealing page-turners...A readable and fascinating book. - Library Journal "An unexpectedly gripping read. Lief and Caldwell have a gift for cracking a case open and making potentially dry details vivid...[The book] emerges as an unusual and informative legal history, offering clear views into earlier eras of legal thought and practice." - The American Lawyer

Introduction: The Closing Argument Chroniclesp. 1
When Mob Rule Trumps Rule of Law: The U.S. Supreme Court steps in when local authorities don't act to prevent lynchingsp. 5
When the Constable Blunders: The fruit of the poisonous tree sets the guilty freep. 67
Rules of Engagement: Randy Weaver and the Ruby Ridge killingsp. 113
Defending the Despised: Founding Father fights to save British troops from the gallows after the Boston Massacrep. 165
"You Have the Right to Remain Silent": The rapist and the chief justice redefine the use of confessions and police interrogationsp. 217
The Black Doctor and the White Mob: Clarence Darrow puts racism on trial and proves the home is every American's castlep. 265
The Trial of the (Nineteenth) Century: The killer congressman, the philandering district attorney, and the first use of the temporary insanity defensep. 313
Genius, Scoundrel, Traitor: Revolutionary War hero, former vice president Aaron Burr faces the hangman and lays the groundwork for treason prosecutionsp. 369
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ISBN: 9780743246699
ISBN-10: 0743246691
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 11th September 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1