Tuesday, August 11, 2009

FBI and Clarence Darrow

The FBI has published its report on famous lawyer Clarence Darrow. (Warning: PDF File) Here is the link to the full report. The report contains excerpts from an interview with Mr. Darrow. Below is my favorite part of the interview:

"The litigants and their lawyers are supposed to want justice, but, in reality, there is no such thing as justice, either in or out of court...In the last analysis, most jury trials are contests between the rich and poor."

Mr. Darrow was a smart man. Most of his statements focus on jury selection. In other words, Mr. Darrow (correctly) believed that jury selection matters more than the law itself.

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