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The Trial/Hearing

  • David L. Shapiro
  • Charles Golden
  • Sara Ferguson
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Abstract

As noted earlier, Richard Loeb’s father hired the eloquent and brilliant criminal defense attorney, Clarence Darrow to represent his son. Nathan Leopold was represented by attorneys Benjamin and Walter Bachrach. They all worked together during the trial. Darrow had a reputation of taking on cases that most others believed could not be won, yet Darrow managed to have success on many occasions. Darrow was fervent in his opposition to the death penalty and had saved many defendants from execution in the past. In this case, State’s Attorney Robert Crowe announced that he intended to pursue the death penalty. Darrow and Crowe had been adversaries in a number of previous cases so there was no love lost between the two. Darrow’s task was twofold then: To oppose Crowe, who had been smarting from some of the previous cases where Darrow had bested him; and, to denounce the death penalty, which Crowe insisted that this case merited. Some of their verbal exchanges are instructive. Crowe described Darrow as the “distinguished gentleman whose profession it is to protect murder in Cook County”. Darrow, on the other hand, stated that Crowe had done everything possible to elevate the notoriety of the murder, portraying it as the worst such act in the history of Illinois. “I have heard,” stated Darrow, “nothing but the cry for blood. I have heard raised from the office of the State’s Attorney nothing but the breath of hate!”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Shapiro
    • 1
  • Charles Golden
    • 2
  • Sara Ferguson
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological StudiesFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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