The Devil’s Advocates: Greatest Closing Arguments in Criminal Law

By Michael S. Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell
Produced by Stefan Rudnicki
Read by Gabrielle de Cuir , Stephen Hoye , Stefan Rudnicki , and Mirron Willis

21.30 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The Devil’s Advocates shows us the crimes and trials that have so captivated the public, cases that have also helped to illuminate underlying principals of the American criminal-justice system over the years. Future President John Adams illustrates the principle that led to the right to a fair trial as he argues on behalf of the British soldier who shot and killed five Americans during the Boston Massacre. The always controversial temporary insanity defense involves a prominent congressman who guns down a district attorney over an extramarital affair. In front of horrified onlookers, Clarence Darrow delivers a ringing defense of a black family charged with the treason trial of Aaron Burr. And perhaps the most famous and significant of precedent-setting cases is that of Ernesto Miranda, an accused rapist who confessed to the crime without having been notified of his Fifth Amendment right and the right to counsel. Here is your ringside seat to gripping drama, as well as to the shaping of the legal system that we thrill to and curse at today.

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Summary

Summary

The Devil’s Advocates shows us the crimes and trials that have so captivated the public, cases that have also helped to illuminate underlying principals of the American criminal-justice system over the years.

Future President John Adams illustrates the principle that led to the right to a fair trial as he argues on behalf of the British soldier who shot and killed five Americans during the Boston Massacre. The always controversial temporary insanity defense involves a prominent congressman who guns down a district attorney over an extramarital affair. In front of horrified onlookers, Clarence Darrow delivers a ringing defense of a black family charged with the treason trial of Aaron Burr. And perhaps the most famous and significant of precedent-setting cases is that of Ernesto Miranda, an accused rapist who confessed to the crime without having been notified of his Fifth Amendment right and the right to counsel.

Here is your ringside seat to gripping drama, as well as to the shaping of the legal system that we thrill to and curse at today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Makes for unexpectedly engaging reading—not only the arguments themselves (each an example of rhetorical mastery) but also the history provided to give each argument context.” American Lawyer
“Reads more like a series of great short stories than a compilation of arguments in criminal cases…The use of an ensemble works well…They work well together and seem to relish the passion that transforms mundane cases into Supreme Court rulings.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Michael S. Lief

Michael S. Lief is a senior deputy district attorney in Ventura, California. A former newspaper editor, he was a submarine driver for the US Navy during the Cold War.

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Author Bio: H. Mitchell Caldwell

H. Mitchell Caldwell is a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. A former deputy district attorney, he specializes in death-penalty litigation before the California Supreme Court.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 21.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English