8vo, pp. , -59, [1 (advertisement)], with half-tone portrait loosely inserted; partially unopened, stapled with first and final leaves as wrappers, woodcut printed in red and black; wrappers detached, a few short tears to top-edge.
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Plea of Clarence Darrow in his own Defense to the Jury that exonerated him of the Charge of Bribery at Los Angeles, August 1912.
First edition of Darrow’s defence, arguably his most brilliant speech. A prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a lawyer for the labour movement, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was implicated in attempts to bribe jurors while defending the McNamara brothers on behalf of the American Federation of Labor. Though it seems he was most likely involved in the conspiracy, Darrow was acquitted of one count and, defending himself in the second trial, moved the jury with the present plea, resulting in a hung jury and no subsequent retrial.
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