America's best defense attorney: Clarence Darrow
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Thereâs a new biography of legendary attorney Clarence Darrowâ¦ the attorney who had a long career defending the downtrodden in the late 1800âs and early 1900âs. He was far ahead of his time. Weâll talk with his biographer in a moment. But first one listener comment about yesterdayâs interview with a USF researcher who is part of a team studying red-light cameras. Their conclusion is that red light cameras actually do more harm than good. Hereâs what one listener had to say.
Clarence Darrow was way ahead of his time. He was born in 1857 but was a champion of equal rights for African Americans, he supported womenâs rights, he opposed the death penalty, he famously defended a Tennessee teacher for teaching evolution in the classroom in the famous âScopes Monkey Trialâ; and he represented labor activists and accused murderers with equal tenacity. On top of that he was a freethinker, an anarchist, a populist and perhaps the greatest defense attorney ever in America.
John Farrell has just written a new book about Darrow called CLARENCE DARROW: ATTORNEY FOR THE DAMNED (Doubleday). He joins us now on by phone.comments powered by Disqus