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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Clarence Darrow, a walking contradiction or a run of the mill blood sucking lawyer?

It's intriguing to find that Clarence Darrow, famous(infamous?) lawyer, gave his polished legal skills to appealing to the Almighty in his speech about Industrial conspiracies, yet he also attacked revealed truth in the Scopes trial about evolution. This is the contradiction bit.

The 'blood sucking lawyer' bit is where he defended two murderers (Leopold and Loeb  wealthy Jewish law students) who killed "for thrills" a 14 yr old boy.  The duo was motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime.

You can argue will the cows come home that all defendants deserve the best legal defence possible, but knowing the antics of sharp lawyers from personal eye witness accounts in terrorism trials here in Melbourne, I have to disagree.  The criminal defence lawyer is not interested in Justice, he is interested in getting guilty men set free. That is not a defence it is complicity.

So for all of Darrow's economically naive bluster and sentimental appeal about the constitution in his 'Conspiracies' speeches, he is still a blood sucking lawyer who made truckloads of money defending the likes of Leopold and Loeb.

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