America's best defense attorney: Clarence Darrow06/29/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Thereâ€™s a new biography of legendary attorney Clarence Darrowâ€¦ the attorney who had a long career defending the downtrodden in the late 1800â€™s and early 1900â€™s. He was far ahead of his time. Weâ€™ll talk with his biographer in a moment. But first one listener comment about yesterdayâ€™s 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. Hereâ€™s 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 womenâ€™s rights, he opposed the death penalty, he famously defended a Tennessee teacher for teaching evolution in the classroom in the famous â€œScopes 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.