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Leopold and Loeb Trial


If the state in which I live is not kinder, more humane and more considerate than the mad act of these two boys, I am sorry I have lived so long.

--Clarence Darrow

Painting of the Leopold Loeb Trial.
Leopold Loeb Trial. 24" x 33". 2003. Collection of James Bell. Knoxville, TN.

In Chicago in 1924, Clarence Darrow delivers one of the most passionate and eloquent attacks on the death penalty ever made in a United States courtroom. His twelve hour summation for the defense of two teenage scholars who kidnapped and brutally murdered a fourteen year old boy captured the nation's imagination and resulted in a sentence of life imprisonment..

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