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The Devil's Advocates

Closing Arguments in Criminal Law That Defined the American Justice System

by Michael S. Lief Author · H. Mitchell Caldwell Author


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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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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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H. Mitchell Caldwell (Author)

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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Michael S. Lief (Author)

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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Narrator :
Gabrielle De Cuir
Narrator :
Stephen Hoye
Author :
H. Mitchell Caldwell
Author :
Michael S. Lief
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Producer :
Stefan Rudnicki
Narrator :
Mirron Willis
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