Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Worst lawyer ending of which I've read lately

In one of the several books I've read lately that has some discussion of the repression of speech during the Civil War is told the story of the untimely end of Clement Vallandigham, who was an Ohio Democrat who opposed the war.

After the war, he became a successful trial lawyer, before he died of a gunshot wound. He was in a hotel during a murder trial, in which he claimed the shooting was an accident, and while he was trying to figure out how the accident happened, the gun went off and killed him.

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