And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments by Michael S Lief

By Michael S Lief

From the authors of the significantly acclaimed "Ladies and gents of the Jury" comes a set of final arguments that spans 250 years and 8 landmark trials that experience redefined civil rights in the US and profoundly affected our society.Every day hundreds of thousands of american citizens benefit from the freedom to make a decision what they do with their estate, their our bodies, their speech, and their votes. although, the rights to those freedoms haven't continually been assured. Our civil rights were guaranteed by way of circumstances that experience produced huge shifts in America's cultural, social, and criminal panorama over the last 3 centuries.Until now, the final arguments from those trials were unavailable to the lay reader -- other than within the lasting results of the selections that they motivated. yet the following the authors have amassed one of the most pivotal and fascinating last arguments in historical past -- from the Amistad case, during which John Quincy Adams introduced the injustice of slavery to the guts level of yank politics, to the Susan B. Anthony choice, which prepared the ground to good fortune for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, within which the porn king grew to become an not going champion for freedom of speech.One example demonstrates how undesirable lawyering could make undesirable legislations -- the Carrie dollar case, during which the ideal courtroom upheld the compelled sterilization of girls, a choice nonetheless at the books today.Each of the 8 chapters provides a case within the context of yankee society -- then and now -- and features a short old advent, a biographical cartoon of the legal professional concerned, an research of the ultimate argument, and a precis of the effect of the trial's end on its contributors and ourcountry. In transparent, jargon-free prose, Michael S Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell make those pivotal, society-changing instances come to brilliant lifestyles for each reader -- totally revealing the pains that experience helped get to the bottom of America's most intricate civil matters and outline our lives.

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The first row was reserved for parties to the lawsuit, witnesses, and assistants to attorneys participating in the proceedings for whom there was no place at counsel table. The second, third, and fourth rows were reserved for accredited representatives of the news media, who would be admitted to the courtroom upon presentation of credentials, and all other seats behind the bar railing were available to members of the public in the order of their appearance. Inside, the two sides appeared unevenly matched.

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