And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments by Michael S Lief

By Michael S Lief

From the authors of the significantly acclaimed "Ladies and gents of the Jury" comes a suite of ultimate arguments that spans 250 years and 8 landmark trials that experience redefined civil rights in the United States and profoundly affected our society.Every day hundreds of thousands of american citizens benefit from the freedom to come to a decision what they do with their estate, their our bodies, their speech, and their votes. even if, the rights to those freedoms haven't continually been assured. Our civil rights were guaranteed via circumstances that experience produced huge shifts in America's cultural, social, and felony panorama during the last 3 centuries.Until now, the last arguments from those trials were unavailable to the lay reader -- other than within the lasting results of the selections that they inspired. yet the following the authors have accrued probably the most pivotal and fascinating ultimate arguments in heritage -- from the Amistad case, during which John Quincy Adams introduced the injustice of slavery to the guts level of yankee politics, to the Susan B. Anthony determination, which lead the way to good fortune for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, within which the porn king turned an not going champion for freedom of speech.One example demonstrates how undesirable lawyering could make undesirable legislation -- the Carrie greenback case, within which the splendid court docket upheld the pressured sterilization of girls, a choice nonetheless at the books today.Each of the 8 chapters provides a case within the context of yank society -- then and now -- and contains a short old creation, a biographical caricature of the lawyer concerned, an research of the final argument, and a precis of the impression of the trial's end on its individuals and ourcountry. In transparent, jargon-free prose, Michael S Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell make those pivotal, society-changing instances come to shiny existence for each reader -- absolutely revealing the pains that experience helped unravel America's most intricate civil matters and outline our lives.

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Adoption seemed the answer to their prayers, and in 1954 they decided to bring a baby girl, Karen Ann, into their home. ” The Quinlans loved their daughter, and although Julia was able to give birth to two children after the adoption, Karen Ann would serve as the focal point of the family for the remainder of her life. On April 15, 1975, Karen Ann, then twenty-one, was out with her roommates for a birthday celebration. They went to a roadside tavern, where Karen Ann had several drinks and soon began acting strangely—as if she were about to pass out.

He explained that the Catholic faith does not morally obligate the faithful to prolong life by extraordinary means. This belief finds its roots in the sixteenth century, and the advent of medicine as a science. The question arose as one of medical ethics in an era when anesthesia did not yet exist. Suppose a person’s arm or leg became fatally diseased and required amputation to save the life of the patient. Was the patient obligated to submit to the unendurable pain of this surgery to sustain life?

Number one and the obvious one, that Karen Ann Quinlan is legally and medically alive under the laws of New Jersey and under standard medical practice. Number two, that Karen Ann Quinlan is alive under the older criteria of death: namely, cardiac respiratory function. And she is alive under the newer criteria of death involving cerebral function, and every physician who took the witness stand was unanimous and certain in the statement that she has not sustained brain death under any of the existing criteria, whether it be the Harvard Ad Hoc Committee, whether it be the Sydney Declaration, whether it be the Duquesne Declaration, or whether it be the statement of the Council of International Organizations of Medical Science.

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