Lawyers: The Winning Loser

Every first-rate criminal lawyer has a consuming passion: to get his client acquitted. It is a passion that troubles many Americans. If the accused seems to be an obvious crook, how can any honest lawyer fight for his freedom?

No one provides a better answer to that question than Edward Bennett Williams, 46, the country's top criminal lawyer. Williams has passionately defended ex-Teamster Boss Dave Beck, Bernard Goldfine and Adam Clayton Powell, to say nothing of assorted Communists, spies and murderers. Williams helped Jimmy Hoffa beat a bribery rap, got Tax Evader...

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