Crime: Its Cause and Treatment
Clarence Seward Darrow (1857-1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage ... Show synopsis Clarence Seward Darrow (1857-1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Bobby Franks (1924) and defending John T. Scopes in the so-called "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he opposed the statesman William Jennings Bryan. He remains notable for his wit, compassion, and agnosticism that marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians. Throughout his career, Darrow devoted himself to opposing the death penalty, which he felt to be in conflict with humanitarian progress. In more than 100 cases, Darrow only lost one murder case in Chicago. He became renowned for moving juries and even judges to tears with his eloquence. Darrow had a keen intellect often hidden by his rumpled, unassuming appearance. His works include: A Persian Pearl (1898), Farmington (1904), An Eye for An Eye (1905), Absurdities of the Bible (1920), Crime: Its Cause and Treatment (1922), Infidels and Heretics (1927), The Prohibition Mania (1927), Facing Life Fearlessly (1929) and The Story of My Life (1932).