- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Scribner; Auflage: New Ed (2. Juni 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0684859483
- ISBN-13: 978-0684859484
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,5 x 2,3 x 23,5 cm
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Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments In Modern Law (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Juni 2000
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Anyone who's ever watched Perry Mason knows that the closing argument is a very important part of a big legal case. The closing argument is the "game point" of law, the time when lawyers pull out all the stops on the cajoling and the litigating. Michael S. Lief and his coauthors have collected the closing arguments from 10 noteworthy cases in this volume, introducing each speech with background information on the trial and commentary on the lawyer's technique. In these pages, readers get front-row seats to some of the most riveting trials in this century, including the Charles Manson murder trial, Karen Silkwood's wrongful-death suit, and the trial of the Chicago Seven.
Because the authors chose to include all the courtroom interruptions in the transcript, the Manson summation makes for especially lively reading. Manson and his codefendants repeatedly spoke out of turn during prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's statement, saying things like "You are going to be eaten up by your own lie" and "Even if I have never been in the Gotham Bank!" Bugliosi's speech is among the most eloquent in the collection, which is why it is so stunning when one of the defendants provokes him so much that he loses his cool and calls her a name that rhymes with rich.
Although the title promises the "greatest closing arguments in modern law," some of the speeches seem to have been chosen because they were connected to important cases rather than because of their own rhetorical merits. However, the cases themselves are interesting, and these transcripts bring them to life better than any summary would. This collection should be of interest to anyone in the legal profession. --Jill Marquis -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Don Franzen Los Angeles Times Book Review Lawyers and nonlawyers will enjoy the passion and eloquence of these counselors; practitioners of law will find much to learn from them.
Henry G. Miller New York Law Journal As much about history as advocacy.
Bruce D. Brown Legal Times What makes Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury enjoyable, in the end, is the variety of styles in the volume -- Spence's chatty informality; Darrow's use of the rhetorical question; Kunstler's blunt spoken tongue; Jackson's awesome solemnity....The flavor of the times comes through in the voices in the courtroom.
James C. Alvord The San Diego Union-Tribune [The] arguments read like passionate poems, deftly crafted to challenge the mind and satisfy the soul....Masterful speeches.
Richard Roberts The Indianapolis Star The majesty of the law stands tall in this presentation of the powerful closing arguments in ten of the most dramatic and eventful trials of modern times....Relatively few people were present for their original delivery. Now anyone can revisit them.
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First, the ten "greatest" closing arguments fail to rise to that level because it is impossible to discern the criteria for such a standard. The author admits to as much in the introduction when he states that it is terribly presumptuous to make such a claim.
Second, while I gave the author much leeway in the above area precisely because he admitted to the outrageousness of the claim, I was nevertheless extremely disappointed because of the noticeable strain in attempting to include a selection comprised of both famous cases (which, of course, do not always have great closing arguments) and great closing arguments (which, conversely, are not limited to famous cases.) What the author winds up with is a disjointed mish-mash of trials that fails to establish a cohesive central theme.
Finally, "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" is almost completely devoid of any critical analysis. As any trial record can be accessed by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to the appropriate agency, a book purporting to contain the most influential closing arguments in American history should offer the reader much more than just mere recitations. Truly, this facet of the work manifests an extreme oversight.
A few quick comments before I conclude. Skip the two Darrow arguments - they'll just knock you out (seventy-five years ago he may have been eloquent but, by today's standards, he is a complete bore.) Similar to the above, the Nuremberg argument drags on indefinitely. However, be sure to read the Silkwood and Manson cases (trust me, you'll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.) The other five cases, while interesting from a historical perspective, don't really add much to the reading experience.
In short, recommended as light reading over the weekend but only if you wish to improve your understanding of the development of the American legal system.
For example, the chapter on the Nazi war crimes trials allowed me to fully understand the complexities of an international war tribunal.
Darrow's closing argument in the Leopold and Loeb case was one of the most erudite pieces of logic this writer has ever come across.
I've given this book to many of my lawyer friends as presents. They enjoyed it as much as I did.
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