By: William M. Kunstler
Considered by many to be a flamboyant radical, William M. Kunstler defended many controversial clients, including Jack Ruby, Abbie Hoffman, and the “Chicago Seven.” Throughout his career, Kunstler believed that fixed preconceptions of a community could, in too many instances, contribute more to the outcome of criminal trials than the quantity or quality of the evidence could. The emphasis on due process of law as the basic guarantee of our liberties, so often voiced by courts and lawyers, and reasonably true in ordinary trials, is secondary where prejudice prevails. In this work, Kunstler provides a sound argument for the unfortunate effect of society’s perception on the outcome of many of the most famous criminal trials in history.
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Originally Published: Dobbs Ferry; Oceana Publications; 1963
Reprinted: Buffalo; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2007