Greenspan - the Case For the Defence


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 consience
intervenes with his duty as a counsellor, and the alarming
rate of perjury occuring 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 realise 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 consience must not
be his deciding factor when advising or counselling 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 conlfict with the path of justice (delicately
and persuasively explained by both Greenspand 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 favour 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 realised 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 particularily 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 truimphs". 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 enagage 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 severly.
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 honoured 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 defence and murder. The author takes
the time to both reitarate 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 occuring in
our courts today. The Case For The Defence 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 juriprudential 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
defence 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 Defence, is the
finest biography/casebook I have ever studied thanks to the
ever-lasting presence of educational values combined with
fascinating jurisprudential events and occurences. It can
be said that Justice and Liberty for all can only be
achieved through a damn good lawyer!


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