Program #GARS004. Recorded in Boulder, CO on September 25, 1985.
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was the leading criminal and labor attorney of his time. He was chief counsel for Eugene V. Debs in the railway strike of 1894; represented "Big Biill" Haywood, IWW leader, against murder charges in Idaho in 1907; defended Dr. Ossian Sweet, Black physician in Detroit, who drove off a racist mob, and championed the rights of radicals. Darrow opposed the death penalty in the Loeb-Leopold murder trial , a most unusual stand in 1924. The Following year worldwide attention was focused on his challenge to Bible Belt "creationism" expounded by William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes "monkey trial" in Tennessee. Garlin reported a three-week murder trial of two antifascists defended by Darrow, and was able to interview the famed lawyer.
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