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Clarence Darrow by John A. Farrell
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Dec 07, 11

Read from November 09 to 10, 2011

I liked the book quite a bit. The writing was engaging and it seemed that the book was well researched. It did seem to get a bit repetitive about his courtroom tactics and histrionics but I suppose that most people stay in the same groove patterns for most of their lives. Very interesting person, but not very likable. I question his motives for defending some of the people he represented. Leopold and Loeb for instance. The only reason that they were not executed was because of Clarence Darrow. They admitted their crime to the police before Darrow was engaged. I think that the author's contention that Darrow was mostly really anti death penalty was a bit thin. True, he defended many indigent clients, but he also defended may bootleggers and mobsters.
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