And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments by Michael S Lief

By Michael S Lief

From the authors of the seriously acclaimed "Ladies and gents of the Jury" comes a suite of remaining arguments that spans 250 years and 8 landmark trials that experience redefined civil rights in the US and profoundly affected our society.Every day hundreds of thousands of american citizens benefit from the freedom to make your mind up what they do with their estate, their our bodies, their speech, and their votes. notwithstanding, the rights to those freedoms haven't continually been assured. Our civil rights were guaranteed through instances that experience produced huge shifts in America's cultural, social, and criminal panorama over the last 3 centuries.Until now, the last arguments from those trials were unavailable to the lay reader -- other than within the lasting results of the choices that they inspired. yet right here the authors have accrued the most pivotal and interesting last arguments in background -- from the Amistad case, during which John Quincy Adams introduced the injustice of slavery to the guts level of yank politics, to the Susan B. Anthony selection, which cleared the path to good fortune for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, during which the porn king grew to become an not likely champion for freedom of speech.One example demonstrates how undesirable lawyering could make undesirable legislation -- the Carrie greenback case, within which the ideal court docket upheld the pressured sterilization of ladies, a call nonetheless at the books today.Each of the 8 chapters provides a case within the context of yank society -- then and now -- and contains a short ancient advent, a biographical cartoon of the legal professional concerned, an research of the remaining argument, and a precis of the effect of the trial's end on its contributors and ourcountry. In transparent, jargon-free prose, Michael S Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell make those pivotal, society-changing instances come to bright lifestyles for each reader -- totally revealing the rigors that experience helped unravel America's most complicated civil concerns and outline our lives.

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He also ruled that attendance during the hearings would be limited to the courtroom’s seating accommodations, and that news media would not be permitted inside the bar railing. The first row was reserved for parties to the lawsuit, witnesses, and assistants to attorneys participating in the proceedings for whom there was no place at counsel table. The second, third, and fourth rows were reserved for accredited representatives of the news media, who would be admitted to the courtroom upon presentation of credentials, and all other seats behind the bar railing were available to members of the public in the order of their appearance.

Stepping into the breech were the men and women of the bar. When legislators will not or cannot legislate, Americans have turned to the judicial system. And so lawyers and judges have often been the first to tackle some of the most vexatious dilemmas to confront this nation. With twenty-twenty hindsight, we can say that sometimes they got it right (freeing theAmistad slaves), and sometimes they got it wrong (sterilizing Carrie Buck). But, again with hindsight, we know that these trials have helped bring us closer to resolving profound and complex problems that have faced the American people.

She was found not guilty. The jury of nine mothers and three fathers deliberated for less than five hours. By contrast, Dr. Hermann Sanders’s trial in 1949 generated more controversy. Sanders injected oxygen into the vein of his terminally ill patient Abbie Burroto, who had been bedridden with cancer for many months. Sanders did not argue that his actions were justified; his defense simply took the position that Sanders’s injection of 40 cc of oxygen was not the proximate cause of Burroto’s death.

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