And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments Protecting Civil Liberties

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 10, 2006 - Law - 404 pages
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The second volume in a must-have trilogy of the best closing arguments in American legal history

Every day, Americans enjoy the freedom to decide what we do with our property, our bodies, our speech, and our votes. However, the rights to these freedoms have not always been guaranteed. Our civil rights have been assured by cases that have produced monumental shifts in America's cultural, political, and legal landscapes.

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down showcases eight of the most exciting closing arguments in civil law -- from the Amistad case, in which John Quincy Adams brought the injustice of slavery to the center stage of American politics, to the Susan B. Anthony decision, which paved the way to success for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, in which the porn king became an unlikely champion for freedom of speech. By providing historical and biographical details, as well as the closing arguments themselves, Lief and Caldwell give readers the background necessary to fully understand these important cases, bringing them vividly to life.

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The brilliant, the "American" thing, about these Arguments is that they are adversarial; we hear the ventilation of each "side" arrayed over civil rights disputes. From Introduction: "When the ... Read full review

And the walls came tumbling down: closing arguments that changed the way we live, from protecting free speech to winning women's suffrage to defending the right to die

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Lief, a deputy district attorney in California, and Pepperdine law professor Caldwell have written a detailed examination of the closing arguments in eight prominent civil rights cases, including the ... Read full review

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

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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