The Devil's Advocates: Closing Arguments in Criminal Law That Defined the American Justice System

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael S. Lief , H. Mitchell Caldwell
Narrator: A Full Cast
Genres: History, North America
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 21 hours, 30 minutes
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Giving us the dramatic background behind such precedent-setting cases as the temporary-insanity defense and the right to a fair trial, this book describes the trials that captivated the public, cases that defined our criminal-justice system.

Reviews (2)


Written by Elura on April 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is fantastic! As a lawyer, I've studied several of these cases, but never knew the backstory, never read the closing arguments, and never really considered the drama of any of the underlying facts. Written in a really gripping narrative and read passionately, this book is really incredibly interesting.


Written by Blake Chapin from Plainfield, IL on September 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

For anyone who has an affinity for law or its concepts this is a very good book. I liked the way it took a meticulous look at some of the milestone cases that has shaped US law and policy. It definitely gave me a better appreciation for laws and even some insight to some of the law we currently have that at times seem a bit arcane.

Author Details

Author Details

Lief, Michael S.

Michael S Lief is a senior deputy district attorney in Ventura, California. A former newspaper editor, he was a submarine driver for the U. S. Navy during the Cold War.

Caldwell, H. Mitchell

H. Mitchell Caldwell is a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. A former deputy district attorney, he specializes in death-penalty litigation before the California Supreme Court.