defense lawyer for controversial or unpopular clients
defended Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Jack Ruby, the Chicago Seven, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Leonard Peltier, John Gotti, Marion Barry, and Qubilah Shabazz
wrote "The Case for Courage: The Stories of Ten Famous American Attorneys Who Risked Their Careers in the Cause of Justice" 1962, memoir "My Life as a Radical Lawyer" 1994
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