Public speaking by James Albert Winans

Public speaking

byJames Albert Winans

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...We find only too many instances of juries led by their sympathies to ignore the plain purport of the evidence. It is my belief that in these cases the jurors rarely consciously violate their oaths, but that their desires control them in selecting and rejecting evidence. I sat as a spectator, with a slight bias toward the prosecution, through the trial of a young woman for the killing of her husband. The case for the defense was the bad character of the victim (worked into the evidence in spite of the rules), and "emotional insanity," testified to by several sisters, a weeping mother and a pathetic old father, who, one all the time hoped, would make out a good case, in spite of the fact that they were palpably straining the truth. The summing up of the astute attorney for the defense presented briefly an argument which, had it been based upon established facts, would have justified an acquittal, and a long address to the sympathies of the jury, closing with, "Give her back to her mother." The jury, apparently an intelligent body of men, rendered a verdict 1 Cf. Camille Bos, Psychologic de la Croyance, p. 81. of not guilty, in spite of damning testimony which they must have refused to remember. And I felt that no jury, though it were drawn from the district attorney's office itself, would have rendered a verdict of murder in the first degree, so strongly would they have wished to believe in the "brain storm." If there is any place where all save pure logical argument would seem to be out of place, it is before the Supreme Court of the United States; yet even there argument contains more than law, facts and logic, and lawyers take into consideration the tendencies, the feelings, even the prejudices, of the justices. When Webster argued the...

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Title:Public speakingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217534694

ISBN - 13:9780217534697

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