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Legal Moments at the Movie House

January 2014

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"Your honor, I've been practicing law a good deal longer than I ought to have-defending now for 45, 46 years. During all that time, I've never tried a case where the state's attorney did not say it was the most cold-blooded, inexcusable case ever."

-A character based on attorney Clarence Darrow (Orson Welles) argues in Compulsion (1959) against death sentences for his clients, who had pleaded guilty to murder. The film tracks the infamous 1924 case of law students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who felt they were Nietzschean Ûbermensch, above the law because of their intelligence.

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