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Book Review: The Rape Case: A Young Lawyer's Struggle for Justice in the 1950's
By Ivan J. Dominguez
The Rape Case: A Young Lawyer’s Struggle For Justice in the 1950's
By Irving Morris
University of Delaware Press (2011)
Reviewed by Ivan J. Dominguez
In the early 1950s, there was no Gideon, no Brady, and no Miranda. There was no DNA analysis. And there was no National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. But there was a Constitution. And for one young, tenacious Delaware attorney, Irving Morris, the due process guarantees provided under that constitution would come to life and vindicate his clients for one very important reason — because he did not accept defeat. Against all odds, he kept fighting year after year, in court after court, until justice was done.
Nearly 60 years ago, shortly after he graduated from Yale Law School and was admitted to practice law in Delaware, Morris embarked upon a seven-year struggle to right a wrong in one of Delaware’s highest profile criminal cases of the 20th century.
In a 1948 capital trial that captivated the people o
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