Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury

Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury

Author: Michael S Lief

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684867526

Category: Law

Page: 400

View: 556

The closing arguments from ten noteworthy cases—“lawyers and nonlawyers will enjoy the passion and eloquence of these counselors; practitioners of law will find much to learn from them” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). 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, 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 1968 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 accessible, reader-friendly language.

Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury

Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury

Author: Michael S. Lief

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471108549

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 726

In the hands of a skilled trial lawyer, the closing argument offers the courtroom's greatest dramatic possiblilities. It is the advocate's last opportunity to convince the jury of their version of the "truth" before the defendent's fate is sealed. Every argument included here is a finely crafted verbal work of art - they represent the modern-day, highest form of an ancient profession and art: that of the storyteller. The only available collection of great closing arguments - complete with insightful analysis and biographical profiles of the lawyers involved - this fascinating volume gathers the passionate finales of the most celebrated cases in history. Included are the climactic closes to the Nuremberg War Trials; Gerry Spence's crusade against the Kerr-McGee Nuclear Power Plant after the mysterious death of Karen Silkwood; Vincent Bugliosi's successful prosecution of cult leader Charles Manson and his followers; the astounding acquittal of John Delorean despite video evidence of his offences and the prosecution resulting from the Mai Lai massacre.

Law and Literature

Law and Literature

Author: Lenora Ledwon

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0815314728

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 522

View: 471

First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Evidence

The Evidence

Author: Charlie Higgins

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9781640277304

Category: Fiction

Page: 556

View: 643

It was early in the morning when Sergeant Stephenson and the investigating team left the crime scene. The police had a tow truck take away the car that Larry and his friends came in. All the mannequins were wrapped in plastic and taken away as evidence. All the blankets and any other articles that had just one spot of red food coloring on it was also removed from the crime scene and taken away as evidence. Then before the sergeant and the team of investigators left the house, two guards were posted outside, and the house was locked up. The sergeant and the other officers went to the police sta!tion to make sure everything that was removed from Norma's house was accounted for. A video recording was made before everything was locked away, and would be looked at later by Dr. Smith and his forensic team.

The Gospel Libel Volume Ii

The Gospel Libel Volume Ii

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465327468

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 136

NOTE: This is Vol.II of II PURPOSE/NEED FOR THIS PUBLICATION The early Christians said to the Jews, "You have no right to live among us as Jews," and sought to make them Christians. Then, political Christendom said, "You have no right to live among us," and created the ghettos of physical separation. Finally, the Nazis said, "You have no right to live," and the world remained silent. Anti-Semitism, past and present, is a natural concomitant of the Gospel libel, which was causal and manifest in the Holocaust. As anti-Semitism is again on the rise, and, as ignorance is not only prevalent, but also rampant, inculcating the uneducated and misinformed masses with the truth may possibly and hopefully result in a diminution, if not a culmination of anti-Jewish hostility. This treatise is a depiction of the most important trial in the annals of history - a trial dealing with the most tragic libel in the history of the human race - a libel that was causal in crusades, inquisitions, pogroms, Holocausts, and other crimes against an innocent people for more than nineteen centuries. Rectifying this ongoing injustice is the primary purpose of this publication! A CHALLENGE For more than nineteen centuries, Christians have been accusing Jews of having shed innocent blood, the blood of their lord Jesus Christ. They claim that almost two thousand years ago, the Great Sanhedrin, the highest tribunal in the land of Judea, unjustly convicted Jesus of the capital offense of blasphemy, and delivered him to the Roman Procurator to be crucified. This accusation based solely upon the testimony of the Four Gospels, has never been brought to trial in any court of law. No verdict and no decision of guilt against the Jews has ever been handed down by a competent tribunal. Yet, Christians have ever since been depriving the Jews of their legal and natural rights without due process of law. The Jews cannot forever stand accused of this heinous crime by a unilateral opinion and suffer untold misery. They are entitled, at long last, to have their day in court and to refute this long-standing accusation. It is for this reason this case is being brought to the attention of the world. Your first impression, as Christians, of course, will be that this is a special pleading; that the author, as a Jew, was prejudiced and biased in presenting his case, and that it is therefore nothing more than a one-sided affair. You will naturally say, that the author, as a Jew, based his contentions on arguments, which are necessarily anti-Christian and faulty. Hence, worthy Christians, this thesis is presented to you, proving that the Jews cannot be held guilty of having shed the blood of Jesus, and you are challenged to refute it. If you are unable to disprove this contention, or if you conveniently choose to ignore it, and thus tacitly admit that it is irrefutable and true, then we demand of you, in the name of justice, and of humanity, and of the very tenets of your religion, that you openly admit and proclaim henceforth in all your houses of worship and in your parochial schools, that the Jews are innocent. We demand that you cease indoctrinating the tender minds of your children with the false accusation against the Jews that they were instrumental in causing the crucifixion of Jesus. We demand that you cease inciting your followers against the Jews with your Passion Plays before the approach of Easter. We demand in the name of justice that you begin now to right the deadly wrong committed against the Jews, by revising those chapters in the Four Gospels that tell of the trial of Jesus, and by deleting from the New Testament texts all accusations against the Jews. We demand in the name of all that is decent in Christianity and in the name of the conscience of mankind that,

The Jury Summation as Speech Genre

The Jury Summation as Speech Genre

Author: Bettyruth Walter

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027283382

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

View: 658

The American courtroom trial is a speech situation. Everything occurs through the spoken word. The 'summation', as speech event embedded within the trial, which is the chronological and psychological culmination of it, is one of the few opportunities for the lawyer to communicate directly with jurors. But the speech genre summation involves preliminaries as well as the event itself; and it can affect the aftermath of the trial, for the decisions of the jurors may be influenced by this discourse.This ethnographic study considers the summation from three perspectives: that of the producer, from the point of view of the ethnographer who observed and analyzed sixty-six actual summations and from that of the receivers of the speech event who must act upon it. Information was obtained from post-deliberation questionnaires completed by 223 jurors, plus 35 alternate jurors.

Stages of Conflict

Stages of Conflict

Author: Diana Taylor

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472050277

Category: History

Page: 325

View: 878

Stages of Conflict brings together an array of dramatic texts, tracing the intersection of theater and social and political life in the Americas over the past five centuries. Historical pieces from the sixteenth century to the present highlight the encounter between indigenous tradition and colonialism, while contributions from modern playwrights such as Virgilio Pinero, Jose Triana, and Denise Stolkos take on the tumultuous political and social upheavals of the past century. The editors have added critical commentary on the origins of each play, affording scholars and students of theater, performance studies, and Latin American studies the opportunity to view the history of a continent through its rich and diverse theatrical traditions.--from publisher's statement.