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Birthday of Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow.jpgClarence Darrow, the most renowned American lawyer of the early 1900's, was born on April 18, 1857. He became famous as a defender of labor after representing Eugene V. Debs and other union officials who were arrested for supporting the Pullman Strike of 1894. Darrow later began to specialize in criminal defense and was nearly 70 years old when he tried his two most spectacular cases. In 1924, he defended teen thrill killers Nathan F. Leopold, Jr. and Richard A. Loeb, who admitted to kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Bobby Franks in their attempt to commit a perfect crime. In 1925, he defended the right of John T. Scopes to teach the theory of evolution in public school. Darrow died on March 13, 1938.


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