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The Devil's Advocates: Greatest Closing Arguments in Criminal Law
From the authors of the acclaimed "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, " and featuring some of the most important cases in criminal law, "The Devil's Advocates" is the final volume of a must-have trilogy of the best closing arguments in American legal history.Criminal law is considered by many to be the most exciting of the legal specialties, and here the authors turn to the ...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Scribner Book Company
(first published 2006)
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I love this series! ("And the Walls Came Tumbling Down & Ladies And Gentlemen Of the Jury") You don't have to love law as they are as much about history and the development of life standards in US. Is life always fair? No, but here are some of our more eloquent speaker who made us think about the true definition of justice and re defining the social norm.
Oddly enough, the closing arguments themselves were almost always disappointing. Lief and Caldwell do a magnificent job in this book analyzing eight significant criminal cases, from fleshing out the histories of the legal principles to engaging with the most colorful characters to painting detailed pictures about the social settings. Their observations are worth the price of this book, but the direct quotes of lengthy (and probably highly objectionable) closing arguments (or, worse, confused and ...more
While I did enjoy select chapters of the book, the authors clearly tend to lean a little bit too much to the left when describing the cases. One of the hallmarks of a fair trial is to be innocent until proven guilty -- but the authors let you know the outcome before you even know all of the facts. Also, in some cases there is too much copying and pasting from court transcripts. However, when narrative exists it is quite good and I also thoroughly enjoy how they explain what happened to the defen ...more
Loved this book! It may just be the nerd in me but I really enjoyed reading this book. It reviews the closing arguments of 8 high profile criminal cases. The cases range from the 1800's until today. The authors provide a lot of background and detail about each case and why the closing argument was so good. I learned a lot and the authors do a good job of making the cases as simple as possible and as fun to read as possible. If you like court history you will love this book!