Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clarence Darrow

We are all murderers at heart . . . . I never killed anybody, but I often read an obituary notice with great satisfaction.

From his 1926 testimony before a Congressional committee holding hearings on capital punishment, which he opposed.  Darrow was first a corporate lawyer, then represented labor unions until he was accused of attempting to bribe the jurors in a case where he represented two brothers who dynamited the Los Angeles Times building during a bitter labor dispute.  The bribery charges effectively ended his career as a labor lawyer, so he became a criminal defense lawyer -- he had an almost perfect record in death penalty cases.  

Clarence Darrow in action

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