The People v. Clarence Darrow; The Bribery Trial of America's Greatest Lawyer

New York: Times Books/Random House, 1995. Special Edition [stated]. Hardcover. [5], xxx, 546 pages, [2]. Introduction by Allan M. Dershowitz. Cast of Characters. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. This special edition "has been privately printed for the members of The Notable Trials Library". New type matter was composed by P&M Typesetting , Inc., in Garamond. The text paper was especially made for this edition by the P. H. Blatfelter Company. The volume has been quarter-bound in genuine leather by Quebecor Printing Sherwood. Endives are a specially commissioned design of Richard J. Wolfe. Edges are gilded: the spin is stamped in 22-karat gold. Cover stampings and design of the edition by Daniel B. Bianchi and Selma Ordewer. A recreation of Clarence Darrow's 1912 trial for jury tampering provides a vivid study of the legal system in Los Angeles at the turn of the century and provides detailed portraits of the key personalities involved in the case. Geoffrey Cowan is an American lawyer, professor, author, and non-profit executive. He is currently a University Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. In 2010, Cowan was named president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, a position he held until 2016. In this role, Cowan was commissioned with the task of turning the 200-acre estate of Walter Annenberg and his wife Leonore into "a venue for important retreats for top government officials and leaders in the fields of law, education, philanthropy, the arts, culture, science and medicine." The dramatic story of the defense attorney’s 1912 bribery trial and the spectacular events leading up to it. A revisionist biography and a rich courtroom drama, here is a fascinating look at L.A. law at the turn of the century and the corruption of justice by the wealthy and powerful. “America’s greatest lawyer! The record might justify granting that title to Clarence Darrow. He defended the unpopular in dramatic criminal trials: labor leaders after the Haymarket Riot; coal miners in Pennsylvania; and war protesters charged with violations of state sedition laws. But Darrow is best remembered for his defense of John Scopes, charged with violations of state law for the teaching of Darwinian evolution. Darrow is not so well remembered, however, for perhaps his most important criminal defense: that of his own trial for allegedly bribing jurors in the trial of two labor leaders charged in the dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building. The two books that principally defined Darrow’s popular image–his own autobiography, The Story of My Life (1932) and Irving Stone’s Clarence Darrow for the Defense (1941)–glossed over this matter. Cowan, an attorney practicing law in Los Angeles, attempts to fill this void with a highly readable account of the trial. Highly recommended to a wide range of general readers.” — Jerry Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City. Condition: Fine.

Keywords: Clarence Darrow, Bribery, Lincoln Steffens, Eugene Debs, John Peter Altgeld, Edgar Lee Masters, John Joseph McNamara, Samuel Gompers, Mary Field, Earl Rogers, Olaf Tvietmoe, Charles Erskine Scott Wood

ISBN: 0812921798

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Price: $175.00

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