Trials of the Century: Courtroom Battles that Changed the Nation, 1913 - Today
Portable Professor Series | ISBN: 0760785260 | 2006 | MP3 | 652 Mb
Courtroom trials are the stuff of great human drama, with involving tales scandalous deeds, reversals of fortune, impassioned rhetoric. But if trials are theater, they are also history, and can provide a window through which to examine the attitudes and passions of their day. In this eye-opening course, esteemed professor, author, and civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz brings his unique insights and experience to bear on some of the most celebrated and intriguing U.S. courtroom battles of the past one hundred years, presenting a fascinating discussion covering the facts of each case, the nature of the available evidence, the courtroom tactics used by the defense and the prosecution, and the contemporary cultural milieu of the trial. He also illuminates the larger, more far-reaching issues of the cases, and the ways in which they shaped the landscape of American justice. Biography Alan M. Dershowitz is a best-selling author of more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction. He has been described as one of America's "most distinguished defenders of individual rights" and "the best-known criminal lawyer in the world," and is known for defending such clients as Claus von Bulow, O.J. Simpson, and Mike Tyson. He has advised presidents, United Nations officials, prime ministers, governors, lawmakers, and business leaders about legal and political issues. He is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he has been a faculty member since the age of twenty-five.