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Opening Arguments: 2a Young Lawyer's First Case: United States V. Oliver North
Fresh out of Harvard Law School, Toobin began his first case as a lawyer in 1987. It was a momentous case, for he became a member of the team assembled to investigate and try Oliver North, the leading figure in the Iran-Contra affair. From the jungles of Costa Rica to his first argument in a courtroom, Toobin gained experience under extraordinary circumstances.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Viking Books
(first published 1991)
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In terms of substance, this has two layers: it's both the tale of a young professional learning his way around a new job, and an account of the trial of Oliver North. I was more interested in that second layer, despite the fact that much of the level of detail there is probably of little interest to most people. While the Iran-Contra Affair as a whole is an important episode in, and touchstone of, recent American foreign policy, the machinations and personalities involved at the level of a court ...more
Well written, detailed,memoir of Toobin's experiences as part of the prosecutorial team who tried Oliver North. Fascinating insights into several of the lawyers, witnesses and judge involved in this case. A fly on the wall glimpse into this case and our judicial system.