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Dissecting Anatomy of a Murder

June 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Ronald Kessler

In the May Bar Bulletin, Jacob Kuykendall wrote an excellent review of Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger’s challenging film of a homicide in a small Michigan upper peninsula city, involving elements of domestic violence, sexual assault, and legal ethics. The accused was represented by Jimmy Stewart. The prosecutor was George C. Scott. The judge was played by Joseph Welch, the real lawyer who brought down the despicable Sen. Joseph McCarthy (“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Look it up).

Greg Canova and I were judges for a lot of years. Before that he...

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