Monday, April 30, 2007

The "Booze Trial"

It must have been a big one to have had all those fancy attorneys connected to it (see below) but I don't know the details .
What interests me is this; Clarence Darrow looks so wild and youthful and he is probably 66 years old in this picture. Also and moreso, less than six months later, Leopold and Loeb killed Bobby Franks. Clarence Darrow defended the pair and prevented them from being executed with an argument that their crime was commited as a result of taking Nietzche's existentialist ideas too much to heart. His summation is here. The argument went a long way to changing public opinion regarding the death penalty.

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