How Did The Human Rights Movement Changed In The 1920's America?
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb both came from wealthy families from Chicago, Illinois. Loeb was a troublemaker and has been obsessed with committing crimes all his life. It was just a matter of time where he would prove to everyone that he was capable of committing the perfect crime. Leopold, on the other hand, has not been much of a troublemaker. Leopold focused on his studies and was planning on attending the prestigious Harvard Law School soon in the future. During his studies, Leopold came across a book that explained …show more content…
He brought in psychiatrists and they described Leopold and Loeb as mentally ill. Later, the state brought in psychiatrists and proved that they were completely sane.
As the trial went on, Darrow tried convincing the judge that life in prison was enough of a punishment because of the long lasting misery people face in prison. The judge decided that life in prison rather than death was the right choice of punishment for Leopold and Loeb. The judge stated that it might even be more severe than the death penalty.
Soon after they were sentence, Leopold and Loeb were sent to prison and stayed there for the rest of their lives. A fellow inmate stabbed Loeb in 1936. Leopold used his time in prison by teaching at the school there. He also wrote a book and earned his Master’s Degree. He was later released on Parole and moved to Puerto Rico.
A very important aspect of this trial was the fact that Darrow was able to save Leopold and Loeb from the death sentence. Darrow believed that the death penalty was wrong and he stuck to what he believed in and made sure that their punishment would be life in