In the Interest of Justice: Great Opening and Closing Arguments of the Last 100 Years

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Harper Collins, Oct 18, 2005 - Law - 384 pages
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This rich and rewarding volume collects more than two dozen of the most memorable opening and closing arguments made by top prosecutors and defense attorneys of the last one hundred years. Carefully selected to explore every major aspect and challenge of the legal process, these speeches highlight the tactics and strategies, colorful language, and stirring rhetoric that lawyers use to win judge and jury to their side. With a shrewd eye for courtroom stratagems and a keen understanding of the social currents that shape them, Manhattan assistant district attorney Joel Seidemann introduces and illuminates each speech from an insider's perspective. Arguments from landmark trials are included to reveal the smartest tricks of the trial lawyer's trade and demonstrate the power of an impassioned presentation to tip the scales toward the fulfillment of justice.

 

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Contents

A VICTIM OF THE WAR ON CRIME
8
CELEBRITY CRIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT
62
THE GREEN BERET DOCTOR OF DEATH
111
WHEN CRIMINALS CRAVE THE LIMELIGHT
133
STREETCRIME SORROWS
152
IN THE NAME OF 6 MILLION
179
THE AMADOU DIALLO CASE
202
A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
216
THE SILKWOOD MYSTERY
236
CARNAGE IN OKLAHOMA
258
A MOTHERS NIGHTMARE
290
HIGH TIMES AND NEPOTISM AT THE KOCH COURT
311
CONCLUSION
341
SOURCES
361
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About the author (2005)

Joel J. Seidemann has been assistant district attorney for New York County since May 1982, and since 1989 has been senior trial counsel responsible for trying murder cases and other serious and complex crimes. He has been adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Pace University School of Law since 1995, and was named Pace's Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year in 1999.

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