Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Robert McWhirter and the Pre-History of the Sixth Amendment

Maricopa County assistant legal defender (and former Federal public defender) Bob McWhirter has been making a name for himself with his irreverent, lively lectures on the historical origins of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment protections.

ACLU-AZ's Central Chapter hosted one such lecture last Saturday, and I made the drive up from Phoenix. Presenting a well-paced lecture, approachable by the audience's slouching teenagers yet satisfying to the rest of us, his reputation is deserved.

For those who won't get the chance to attend one of his lectures: a book is in the works.

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