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The Case For The Defense
My fascination with the Judicial System Structure of today's society was furthered
and strengthened after reading and analyzing the works of Edward Greenspan.
This superbly written biography recollecting past cases and important events
in Greenspan's life allowed myself, the reader, to learn more about Jurisprudence
and the Criminal Code. The entire casebook revolves around several main themes
including the balance of Positive & Natural influences in the courtroom,
whether a lawyer's conscience intervenes with his duty as a counselor, and the
alarming rate of perjury occurring in front of the juries.
To be more concise and clear to the point, Greenspan's book is a diary of controversial
and beneficial issues which have hovered around our criminal courts and will
continue to plague and pester them for years to come. By observing and understanding
certain issues presented in his book, I was able to comprehend what type of
person Greenspan is, what he believes in, what he represents and what he would
do for his profession. The wheels of Jurisprudence are always turning, and I
came to realize how Greenspan worked and bargained for his status in the country
to be solidified. This book also flourished with innovative situations pertaining
to the most diversified of criminal charges, to the most uncanny regions of
law ever dealt. It was this thorough look at Greenspan's life which impressed
this reviewer the most.
It was quite clear that after the fourth page, I came upon the conclusion that
this casebook would create a most influential reaction to anyone who had displayed
any interest towards our Law system in general. Part One of the novel, No Little
Clients, presents the reader with the author's proposed thesis. His ambition
is to defend innocent people accused of crimes. Whether they are innocent or
guilty without being proven guilty is irrelevant to Mr. Greenspan. A lawyer's
conscience must not be his deciding factor when advising or counseling a client.
This viewpoint is elaborated in Part Two (Not Above The Fray) and explained
frivolously by Greenspan himself. Throughout the entire novel, the theme bends
and curves itself around different and unavoidable situations, but retains its
original meaning that no one is guilty until proven so. Greenspan refers to
this phrase countless times and explains to the reader that he will not allow
his moral beliefs to conflict with the path of justice (delicately and persuasively
explained by both Greenspan and the co-author, George Jonas in Parts Four, Five
and Six of the novel).
Chapter 13, Playing God, emphatically displays Greenspan's concern with the
treatment of his clients and the decision to push the client until he can make
a decision that is in favor with the lawyer himself. The significance of this
chapter is that the reader detects the amount of responsibility and endurance
is required in order to become a successful pawn of the judicial system. At
this point, Greenspan's thesis huddles itself around the principle of being
a "Pawn of the System" and only serving the system without prejudice
and socialistic conflicts.
The authors begin their novel with several different themes which branch out
and eventually combine. Walking The High Wire is an excellent chapter which
focuses on the effects of intended falsehoods employed by the prosecution. When
Greenspan takes on a case where the courtroom is changed into a stage for the
benefit of a woman who allegedly is raped by his client, it is later realized
that through careful investigation and newly discovered evidence, can the truth
be used to assist the defendant in being acquitted.
In the chapter And Nothing But The Truth, the author presents a situation where
even those who enforce the law may lie to obtain a conviction of an innocent
person. When two police officers re-create a false scene for the jury, the reader
begins to understand why the author ponders upon different moral questions and
creates circumstantial, yet fruitful answers. Like a detective fiction novel,
Greenspan proves without a doubt that there is more than meets the eye in accepting
and defending a client.
As witnessed in the chapter Hi Mom, Guess Who's In Jail, the reader learns
about how the media and police almost influence a jury into convicting an innocent
man of a murder he did not commit. Although the outcome of some cases is the
not always agreeable with the reader, it is usually found to be in the best
interest of our Justice system.
A Large Blue Suitcase is a particularly intriguing chapter that focuses on
how police constables try to reinforce a lie in order to obtain the truth. As
quoted by Greenspan himself: "The Crown does not win or lose as long as
justice triumphs". His constant disagreement with honorable Judges of the
court is commonplace in the book and is viewed not as a serious outlook towards
certain lordships, but merely as a constant pain for Greenspan. Always equipped
with the outgoing, full of energy, enthusiastic type persona, an unfamiliar
judge may become easy prey for this bustling attorney.
While reading the Justice In High Heels section of the book, I came across
various examples of how society today is being powered by the overwhelming rise
of feminist demands. Although Greenspan himself does not prefer to engage in
a verbal or emotional war with many of these women, he does not deny wishing
he could just establish a section of the criminal code for them. In the chapter
called Out Of The Mouth Of Babes, Greenspan is found defending an alleged rapist
who is accused based on the analogy of one person. Even though this alleged
rapist is a serving police member, respected member of his community and has
a clean record up to this point, he is still nearly accused and sentenced severely.
The author solidifies the book's reliability and rationality by focusing on
issues such as these and elaborating on them.
The chapter entitled Going To Bat For The Pitcher was another reliable instance
where the reputation, admiration and future of a Baseball Player is in jeopardy
due to a possible drug possession charge laid against him. Greenspan is not
only honored in defending such a popular client, but lets the reader learn about
the difference between a clean record and a blemished one. Murder Or Nothing
is perhaps the most relished of chapters in the entire novel due to its shocking
approach towards the fine line of self defense and murder. The author takes
the time to both reiterate and brief the reader of the circumstances involved,
and the possible conclusive outcomes. I found myself amused at decisions which
seemed beyond the reach of power for a criminal lawyer, but the educational
value of the book was impeccable.
Some Time To Kill was a regular 'Whodunit' mystery which can be found as rather
frivolous in conclusion while curious in decision. Greenspan is faced with an
overwhelming amount of evidence against him that could lead his client to over
25 years in prison, but using his skillful tactics and knowledge of jurisprudence,
he wins one of many cases in his long career. Twelve Good Men And True is the
only chapter which allowed the reader to sit back and comprehend the situation
involving many different solutions to avoid any racial, social or political
prejudice of any kind from occurring in our courts today.
The Case For The Defense takes a plunge behind the closed doors and allows
the author to voice his opinion all the while considering the other side of
the coin. Since becoming a lawyer nearly three decades ago, Edward Greenspan
has written a jurisprudential masterpiece which contains not only a recollection
of important case facts and information, but even family based and social events
which have changed his life. The reader is allowed to walk through with him
as he climbs the ladder of success, while learning about his faults and how
he accepts them. Throughout the book, Greenspan uses many sources and references
which allow him to successfully solidify and back up any aspect of law he discusses.
Even letters and memos sent by respected citizens of society justify how valuable
he is to Canada and to those who are in need of a defense lawyer. The effort
involved in establishing such a novel must have been quite massive on the part
of Greenspan. Apart from digging into the vault of memories and remembering
the most pleasurable and painful events, he was extremely careful in avoiding
the use of names or places which are best kept 'off the record'. Those who contributed
were rewarded with his superlative creation.
I would recommend this casebook full of Edward L. Greenspan's memories and
tales to anyone who seriously wished to pursue Law as an occupation or even
a hobby. Apart from the controversial and brilliant decisions incorporated by
Canada's fiercest Criminal Lawyer, there is a natural blend of political concern
and social structure which comes with the territory. Greenspan, The Case For
The Defense, is the finest biography/casebook I have ever studied thanks to
the ever-lasting presence of educational values combined with fascinating jurisprudential
events and occurrences. It can be said that Justice and Liberty for all can
only be achieved through a damn good lawyer!
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