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Clarence Darrow - Things To Remember While Reading Excerpts From "the Plea Of Clarence Darrow":

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  • The fact that Leopold and Loeb had already confessed and told their stories in detail to the police, including leading them to evidence, already established that they had indeed killed Franks.
  • The public and the media were strongly pressing for a quick trial and execution.
  • A key reason famed attorney Clarence Darrow accepted the case was because it gave him a unique opportunity to present his arguments against the death penalty before the media.
  • The two young men were pampered while in jail awaiting trial. A local restaurant provided catering service including food, cigarettes, and even liquor though this was in the midst of Prohibition when the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages was illegal.
  • Hanging was the key means of execution in Illinois where the trial was being held.
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