William M. Kunstler: The Most Hated Lawyer in America
Alternately vilified as a publicity-seeking egoist and lauded as a rambunctious, fearless advocate, William Kunstler consistently embodied both of these qualities.
Kunstler's unrelenting, radical critique of American racism and the legal system took shape as a result of his efforts to enlist the federal judicial system to support the civil rights movement. In the late 60s and the 70s, Kunstler, refocusing his attention on the Black Power and anti-war movement, garnered considerable public attention as defender of the Chicago Seven, and went on to represent such controversial figures as Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement leader charged with killing an FBI agent, and Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. Later, Kunstler briefly represented Colin Ferguson, the Long Island Railroad mass murderer, outraging fans and detractors alike with his invocation of the infamous "black rage" defense.
Defending those most loathed by mainstream, conventional America, William Kunstler delighted in taking on fiercely political cases, usually representing society's outcasts and pariahs free of charge and often achieving remarkable courtroom results in seemingly hopeless cases. Though Kunstler never gave up his revolutionary underpinnings, he gradually turned from defending clients whose political beliefs he personally supported to taking on apolitical clients, falling back on the broad rationale that his was a general struggle against an oppressive government.
What ideological and tactical motives explain Kunstler's obsessive craving for media attention, his rhetorical flourishes in the courtroom and his instinctive and relentless drive for action? How did Kunstler migrate from a comfortable middle-class background to a life as a staunchly rebellious figure in social and legal history? David Langum's portrait gives depth to the already notorious breadth of William Kunstler's life.
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We should be wary of lawyers who are too famous. Ours is a servant class, even when highly specialized. We seek out the limelight, we forget our first responsibility. Interestingly, he found Rule 11 ... Read full review
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According to wikipedia's page on horrific David Duke, he first wore a nazi uniform in 1970 to protest Kunstler's appearance on campus where he was a student in Oklahoma. And, I know I've heard the ... Read full review
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Family and Early Years
Getting Started in the Law
The Shock of the South
Black Power Advocate
Circus in Chicago
Directions outside the Courtroom
Radical Lawyers in Modern America
The 1980s and a More Diverse Practice
The Scapegoat and the Killer Cops
A Return to the Limelight
Kunstler in His Final Years
About the Author
Representing the Attica Prisoners
Private Life and Practice in the 1970s
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