By Michael S Lief
From the authors of the severely acclaimed "Ladies and gents of the Jury" comes a set of ultimate arguments that spans 250 years and 8 landmark trials that experience redefined civil rights in the United States and profoundly affected our society.Every day hundreds of thousands of usa citizens benefit from the freedom to choose what they do with their estate, their our bodies, their speech, and their votes. in spite of the fact that, the rights to those freedoms haven't continuously been assured. Our civil rights were guaranteed through situations that experience produced huge shifts in America's cultural, social, and felony panorama during the last 3 centuries.Until now, the final arguments from those trials were unavailable to the lay reader -- other than within the lasting results of the choices that they encouraged. yet right here the authors have amassed essentially the most pivotal and fascinating last arguments in background -- from the Amistad case, within which John Quincy Adams introduced the injustice of slavery to the heart degree of yank politics, to the Susan B. Anthony selection, which prepared the ground to luck for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, within which the porn king grew to become an not likely champion for freedom of speech.One example demonstrates how undesirable lawyering could make undesirable legislations -- the Carrie greenback case, within which the preferrred court docket upheld the compelled sterilization of ladies, a call nonetheless at the books today.Each of the 8 chapters provides a case within the context of yank society -- then and now -- and contains a short old advent, a biographical cartoon of the legal professional concerned, an research of the final argument, and a precis of the influence of the trial's end on its members and ourcountry. In transparent, jargon-free prose, Michael S Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell make those pivotal, society-changing circumstances come to brilliant existence for each reader -- totally revealing the pains that experience helped unravel America's most complicated civil matters and outline our lives.
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Joseph and Julia Quinlan rushed to the hospital to be by Karen Ann’s side. When Julia kissed her daughter on the forehead, she hoped Karen Ann was only in a deep sleep and would awaken the next morning. Three days later, Dr. Robert Morse examined Karen at the request of the admitting physician. He found her comatose, suffering from damage to the cortex of the brain, causing her to lie with her arms flexed and her legs extended, breathing with the assistance of a respirator. Dr. Morse was unable to obtain what he considered an adequate account of the circumstances leading up to Karen Ann’s admission to the hospital—he would later testify that this knowledge is crucial in neurological diagnosis.
And if you don’t, then you are going to have all of these people going around and saying, “What can I do? ” And so you may even need expert assistance in the enforcement of your decree. And at least the treating physicians in this case have declared under oath that they would not perform any such acts or omissions. ” But I might add, parenthetically, that if the medical profession in Nazi Germany had shown more independence—if they had refused to partake in human experimentations—perhaps the Holocaust would not have been so great in terms of human lives and deformities.
So, Your Honor, we do live in a vale of tears and that is why we point to judicial restraint rather than to judicial intervention. Now, I’d like to make some comments about the evidence. On page two of the complaint the relief sought is “the express power of authorizing the discontinuance of all extraordinary means of sustaining the life processes” of Karen Ann Quinlan. I call to your attention the following: Number one, not one single doctor stated that what is being done here at the hospital and by these treating physicians represents departure or deviation from accepted medical practices.
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments Protecting Civil Libertie by Michael S Lief