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CLARENCE DARROW - BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 165515

CLARENCE DARROW Clarence Darrow signs his book Plea of/Clarence Darrow/August 22nd, 23rd &/25th 1924/In Defense of Richard Loeb and/Nathan Leopold Jr. on Trial for Murder. Book signed: "Clarence Darrow" on first blank flyleaf, 132p, 5½x8, soft cover.

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CLARENCE DARROW
Clarence Darrow signs his book Plea of/Clarence Darrow/August 22nd, 23rd &/25th 1924/In Defense of Richard Loeb and/Nathan Leopold Jr. on Trial for Murder.
Book signed: "Clarence Darrow" on first blank flyleaf, 132p, 5½x8, soft cover. Plea of/Clarence Darrow/August 22nd, 23rd &/25th 1924/In Defense of Richard Loeb and/Nathan Leopold Jr. on Trial for Murder, Ralph Fletcher Seymour, Chicago: circa 1924 (no copyright page). The publisher's reasons for publishing the book, in part: "Clarence Darrow gave voice to this forward looking principle of social government in his eloquent plea before the bar of Justice, and has expressed it with such clearness and conviction that it must long remain as a masterpiece of pleading for the social outcast and the offender. As such the publishers have undertaken its publication." Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. were sentenced to life imprisonment for the kidnapping and "thrill killing" of teenager Bobby Franks. They were defended by Darrow, whose reputation as a defense attorney soared with this trail. During this trial, Darrow became the first attorney to introduce evidence based on psychiatric evaluations. Loeb was killed by a fellow inmate in 1936; Leopold was released in 1958 and died in 1971. Attorney Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), who specialized in corporate law, shot to fame in 1894, when he defended American Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, President of the American Railroad Union, arrested on a federal contempt of court charge arising from a strike at the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company. Although Darrow lost the case, he won a national reputation as a champion of radical causes. A brilliant orator and a master of reforming the law, framing pleas and eliciting evidence, he became one of America's most renowned defense lawyers, and he used his position to campaign against capital punishment. In his sixties, Darrow successfully defended Leopold and Loeb (1924) in getting life imprisonment instead of death for kidnapping and killing a 13-year-old boy. In 1925, he defended John T. Scopes, accused of violating a Tennessee law by teaching evolution, in the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Darrow's autobiography, The Story of My Life, was published in 1932. In more than 50 capital cases, Darrow lost none to the death penalty. Fragile. Front and back covers have separated. They are creased, soiled and nicked, with lower corners missing. Darrow wrote over the "Cl" in Clarence. Pages toned. Internally sound.

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