Get Me Ellis Rubin!: The Life, Times, and Cases of a Maverick Lawyer

Ellis Rubin, Author, Dary Matera, With St. Martin's Press $19.95 (291p) ISBN 978-0-312-03352-1
A controversial, Miami-based criminal lawyer here recounts his stormy career in first person, dramatic and colorful detail. Coauthored with Matera ( Are You Lonesome Tonight? ), the book presents a dozen highly varied cases to illustrate Rubin's versatility: sensational murder cases, including the first televised trial in 1977, in which he defended an alleged teenage killer on the basis of his ``TV intoxication''; the custody fight over a sheik's four children; a bitter court battle to end the home TV blackout of National Football League games. Rubin, jailed several times for his judicial principles, is sharply critical of opportunistic colleagues and suggests a number of reforms of a legal system he surprisingly claims favors the criminal. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
Paperback - 340 pages - 978-0-595-15221-6
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