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Clarence Darrow

 

“If it was reversed and eleven white men had shot and killed a black while protecting their home and their lives against a mob of blacks, nobody would have dreamed of having them indicted ... They would have been given medals instead.”

Closing trial speech in defence of Henry Sweet, Detroit, USA, Tuesday 11 May 1926

Clarence Seward Darrow was born on 18 April 1857 and died on 13 March 1938. He was an American lawyer and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. In the mid-1920s Darrow was, without doubt, the most famous trial lawyer in the United States. His famous cases included the murder trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in 1924 (in which two teenage sons from wealthy families were accused of murdering ...

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