Scoundrels in Law
During her respite though, Siouxsie was reminded of the book, Scoundrels in Law: The Trials of Howe & Hummel, Lawyers to the Gangsters, Cops, Starlets, and Rakes Who Made the Gilded Age by Cait Murphy. The book was released last summer and reviewed favorably by Scott Greenfield at the WSJ.
Here is how Ms. Murphy describes the subjects of her book:
From 1869 to 1902, William Howe and Abraham Hummel were New York’s most famous lawyers displaying panache and a legal flair that made them favored advocates for villains of all kinds … Howe and Hummel were the most famous and famously rotten lawyers in late 19th century New York. Their specialties were blackmail, Broadway and especially murder.
Howe and Hummel got their reputation by bribing judges and suborning witnesses. The book does not have as many details about every aspect of the two main characters lives that one would hope. But it is interesting to compare the criminal justice system of this era to our own. Certainly things have changed, but the crime and corruption of this era is similar to the present.