Angel Of Death Row: My Life As A Death Penalty Defense Lawyer - Criminal Law - United StatesThank you! Courtroom tales from a DePaul University law professor passionately committed to defending those accused of capital crimes. However, it takes an unusually dedicated, special kind of person to handle these psychologically and emotionally draining cases. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
A Reading from Andrea Lyon's Book: Angel of Death Row
The Angel of Death Row
Andrea Lyon , Alan Dershowitz. Nineteen times, death penalty defense lawyer Andrea D. Lyon has represented a client found guilty of capital murder. Nineteen times, she has argued for that individual's life to be spared. Nineteen times, she has succeeded. Dubbed the 'Angel of Death Row' by the Chicago Tribune, Lyon was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case.
In , the Chicago Tribune coined the moniker "The Angel of Death Row" to refer to Andrea Lyon because she has argued 19 cases where her clients were found guilty of capital murder and 19 times she has persuaded a jury to spare their lives. As the first woman to ever serve as lead attorney in a capital punishment murder case, Lyon is undeniably a tough woman. The story of her career is sprinkled with anecdotes of male lawyers and judges who underestimated or openly doubted her abilities as a female criminal defense lawyer. This book is worth reading just to read Lyon's clever and irreverent banter with her male contemporaries. But, Lyon's sharp wit and tongue are just one reason. Lyon defended Milton, a young man who killed three members of his family while hallucinating on angel dust, and Charlotte, a chronically battered woman who killed her husband with a meat carving knife during one of his assaults.
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Andrea Lyon, right, with a client at a court hearing. Andrea D. Kaplan Publishing, She was the first woman to be lead counsel in a death penalty trial in Illinois. She claims the stories she tells are true, and that is darn scary. Her cases include an abused wife, an ex-police officer, a gang member and a psychotic who refused to use the insanity defense. In each case, and there are several others, she claims she learned something about life and something more about how to maneuver the maze that is our justice system.