By Donald McRae
“Wonderfully evocative… Donald McRae captures the good Defender in all his complexity.... A pleasure to read.” — Kevin Boyle, nationwide booklet Award-winning writer of Arc of Justice
"Astonishingly vivid." —James Tobin, Award-winning writer of Ernie Pyle’s War
The tale of the 3 dramatic trials that resurrected the lifestyles and profession of America’s such a lot colorful—and controversial—defense lawyer: Clarence Darrow. Many books, performs, and flicks have lined Darrow and the rigors of Leopold and Loeb, John T. Scopes, and Ossian candy sooner than: Geoffrey Cowan’s The humans v. Clarence Darrow; Simon Baatz’s For the fun of It; Kevin Boyle’s Arc of Justice; Meyer Levin’s Compulsion and the movie edition of an analogous identify; Inherit the Wind; yet few, if any, have accomplished the intimacy and immediacy of Donald McRae’s The nice Trials of Clarence Darrow.
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It was a gorgeous Wednesday morning, but his face twitched in agitation. Twenty minutes later Ruby Darrow and an unexpected companion took the same walk up the sunlit hill leading to the building where her husband was about to be tried for bribery. Ruby paused to face a pack of reporters. In answer to their shouted questions she attempted a smile and insisted that “I shall attend court constantly with my husband. I believe it may help him to know that I am here. ” The Los Angeles Herald conﬁrmed innocently that Ruby was accompanied by “Miss Mary Field of San Francisco, who is making a stay in this city and spends most of her time with Mrs.
You must go on,” she urged. Darrow looked up at her, softening a shrug with the faintest of smiles. “Well, Molly,” he said, “maybe you’re right . ” O n January 30, 1912, when he was formally indicted on two counts of bribery, Darrow was a husk of his usually imposing self. The police had conﬁrmed that, in late November, he had been present when they snared two men who were about to pass the ﬁrst installment of a bribe to a potential juror in the McNamara trial. Bert Franklin, Darrow’s jury investigator, was caught handing over $500 to George Lockwood in the street, on the understanding that a further 40 | the la st tria ls of cla rence da rrow $3,500 would be paid to him should there be an acquittal.
The risk of alienating an already salivating pack of Chicago reporters meant that he could not be seen to give any special favors to a little-known writer from New York. And if their affair was revealed, stretching back to the indignity of the bribery trials in Los Angeles, he would be in an even deeper hole. Mary would have to make her own luck and go down to the prison and ﬁght her way through the rest of the hacks. Most of them managed to talk to Leopold and Loeb in their cells—so what was stopping her?