UMKC School of Law

The trouble with Mr. Darrow is that he does not know all the facts in this case; he does not know all the evidence.

I thank God that I am not a great pleader; because I think sometimes when men are obsessed with the idea that when they open their mouths words of wisdom rush out, that all that is necessary in the trial of a case is to make a wonderful argument, a great many of them fail, in my judgment, for those reasons; because they rely too much upon their oratory, they pay no attention whatever to the facts in the case; and, after all, I believe that courts and juries are influenced, not by oratory, but by hard facts sworn to by witnesses. That is why I have paid more attention to the preparation of the evidence in this case than I have to writing a closing speech.