Greenspan – The Case for the DefenseMy fascination with the Judicial System Structure of todays society wasfurthered and strengthened after reading and analyzing the works of EdwardGreenspan.
The superbly written biography recollecting past cases and importantevents in Greenspan’s life allowed myself, the reader, to learn more aboutJurisprudence and the Criminal Code. The entire casebook revolves around severalmain themes including the balance of Positive and Natural influences in thecourtroom, whether a lawyer’s conscience intervenes with his duty as acounsellor, and the alarming rate of perjury occuring in front of the juries. Tobe more concise and clear to the point, Greenspan’s book is a diary ofcontroversial and beneficial issues which have hovered around our criminalcourts and will continue to plague and pester them for years to come. Byobserving and understanding certain issues presented in this book, I was able tocomprehend what type of person Greenspan is, what he believes in, what herepresents and what he would do for his profession.The wheels of jurisprudence are always turning, and I came to realisehow Greenspan worked and bargained for his status in the country to be solidifed.this book also flourished with innovative situations pertaining to the mostdiversified of criminal charges, to the most uncanny regions of law ever dealt.It was this thorough look at Greenspan’s life which impressed me the most.
Itwas quite clear that after the fourth page, I came upon the conclusion that thiscasebook would create a most influential reaction to anyone who had displayedany interest towards our Law system in general.In Part One of the novel, No Little Clients, presents the reader withthe author’s proposed thesis. His ambition is to defend innocent people accusedof crimes.
Whether they are innocent or guilty without being proven guilty isirrelevant to Mr. Greenspan. A lawyer’s conscience must not be his decidingfactor when advising or counselling a client.
This viewpoint is elaborated inPart Two (Not Above The Fray) and explained frivolously by Greenspan himself.Throughout the entire novel, the theme bends and curves itself around differentand unavoidable situations, but remains its original meaning that no one isguilty until proven so. Greenspan refers to this phrase countless times andexplains to the reader that he will not allow his moral beliefs to conflict withthe path of justice (delicately and persuasively explained by both Greenspan andthe co-author, George Jonas in Parts Four, Five, and Six of the novel). Chapter13, Playing God, emphatically displays Greenspan’s concern with the treatment ofhis clients and the decision to push the client until he can make a decisionthat is in favour with the lawyer himself. the significance of this chapter isthat the reader detects the amount of responsibility and endurance is requiredin order to become a successful pawn of the judicial system.
At this pointGreenspan’s thesis huddles itself around the principle of being a Pawn of theSystem and only serving the system without prejudice and socialistic conflicts.The authors begin their novel with several different themes which branchout and eventually combine. Walking The High Wire is an excellent chapter whichfocuses on the effects of intended falsehoods employed by the prosecution.