Speaking for the Poor and Weak
Although Darrow's career as a defense attorney is mainly remembered because of the Leopold and Loeb and the Scopes cases, some of his lesser known trials are worthy of study. Those trials reflected his concern for freedom of speech and racial ssues. His speaking in these trials reflected his consistent defense of the underdog and his belief that individuals should be able to freely voice unpopular views.
One of the inconsistencies in his record occurred during his last trial. Although the Massie case has overtures of race, Darrow did not defend either poor or downtrodden defendants, but relatively comfortable individuals who had killed a member of a racial minority. But even the memory of that trial did little to damage Darrow's reputation as a defender of the unfortunate in society.
Darrow "was a strong advocate of First Amendment rights even for those with whom he disagreed and did not admire, whether politically or on a personal level." In 1901 he successfully defended on contempt charges several newsmen who worked for the Chicago Tribune. The reporters had published an article critical of a Chicago judge, an action that led to potentially serious consequences because the judge found them in contempt of