MELVIN BELLI My Life on Trial - An Autobiography

Author: Belli (Melvin) with Kaiser (Robert Blair)
Year: 1976
Publisher: William Morrow (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
ISBN: 0688030858
Price: 9.00
Hardback. For years, members of the press enjoyed making Mel Belli into one of the most celebrated lawyers of the 20th century. What the press liked about Mel was his colourful ways and his colourful clients and the shows he directsed in and out of court. He had a bruising battle in Dallas for defending Jack Ruby for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. He had a string of bitter encounters almost everywhere defending himself against the onslaughts of establishment lawyers who didn't like his quick tongue - or maybe the flamboyant red lining of the suits he wore in court. But Mel Belli didn't keep making the public print because of his famous clients or his attire. He did so because he was a good lawyer with heart and wit and originality, a man who developed demonstrative evidence in non-criminal cases, persuaded juries across the land to start giving adequate awards to those who had suffered injustice, and helped make new law that enforced the powerful few to become accountable to the many who had been weak and helpless. Belli tells the whole story of his life which includes his gritty legal apprenticeship during the Depression (one day he lost his entire practice when two clients were hanged at San Quentin), his billowing career, his carousing with the likes of Errol Flynn and his eventual enthronement as the King of Torts. Illus., Epilogue and Index. 351pp. 8vo. lge h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. With small 'MD' rubber stamp to lower edge o/w Vg+ in sl. sunned Vg+ dw. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage.


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