A LIFE IN MY HANDS by J.W. Ehrlich


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Ehrlich is a very famous criminal lawyer who operates out of San Francisco and is the basis for the Sam Benedict television series illustrating his career. Ehrlich cuts a very dapper figure in and out of court, is something of a Bible scholar, has defended many celebrities and over a hundred people accused of murder. Some of his work has substantially revised or clarified California law interpretation. Known among intimates as the Master, he is himself a celebrity and a committed historian of San Francisco. Among his more famous cases he once defended Jane Russell's upper physical area as exhibited in The Outlaw. In defending Sally Rand's fan dance, and her costume which was primarily talcum powder, he had Miss Rand perform, and the judge dismissed the case. The best part of the book concerns his defense of Billie Holliday who was arrested with her manager for possession of opium (a frame-up Ehrlich contends). But he also secured a divorce for James Mason, helped Walter Wanger when he shot his wife Joan Bennett's paramour, and assisted Caryl Chessman whom he did not consider guilty as charged. Needless to say, books that are half law and half gossip are beyond price to insomniacs and should find a very wide-awake readership.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1965
Publisher: Putnam