Darrow Defends Darrow [Darrow, Clarence (1857-1938)]. Plea of Clarence Darrow, In His Own Defense to the Jury That Exonerated Him of the Charge of Bribery at Los Angeles August - 1912. Los Angeles: Golden Press, 1912. [ii], 59 pp. Lacking laid-in portrait of Darrow. Stapled pamphlet in red and black printed wrappers, signatures uncut. Very light toning, slightly more moderate to wrappers, staples just starting to rust, clean tear to fore-edge of front wrapper. With publisher's transmittal envelope, toned, a few minor tears to left edge. A nice copy. $150. * First edition. One of the great courtroom speeches from a master of the form. Darrow was charged with two counts of attempting to bribe jurors in the McNamara bombing case. Delivered to the jury during the first trial, this speech moved listeners to tears and resulted in Darrow's acquittal. The second trial ended in a hung jury. The prosecutor ultimately declined to refile charges, though by some accounts this was conditional on Darrow's promise to never practice in California again. The bribery cases effectively ended Darrow's career as a labor lawyer, though he went on to extraordinary successes in civil and criminal practice. Hunsberger, Clarence Darrow: A Bibliography 85.
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