Books: Devil's Advocate

THE WORLDS OF CHIPPY PATTERSON (31 I pp.)—Arfhur H. Lewis—Harcourt, Brace ($5).

Philadelphia "lawyers are a breed apart, but even among Philadelphia lawyers "Chippy" Patterson was known as the damnedest fellow who ever came down Broad Street. For more than a quarter century (1907-33), he was notorious as the evil but lovable genius of the city's criminal courts, an attorney for the disreputable who passionately offered his services (generally free) as a devil's advocate for all forms of socially unacceptable behavior—and the more desperate the case, the better Chippy liked it.

His father was a bank president, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's...

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