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About the Book
Roughly half of Richard Sprague's career was spent in the public service, most of that as a prosecutor who sought first-degree murder convictions 75 times and won 73 of them. He is the man who went to Washington at the request of Congress to conduct controversial investigations into the murders of a president and a beloved civil rights leader. Richard Sprague is also the man who brought down and sent to prison for murder the top leaders of the United Mine Workers union. Even after he went into private practice, Dick continued to take on public assignments, such as challenging a federal judge who wanted to release a convicted murderer, prosecuting an errant state Supreme Court justice, and representing basketball great Allen Iverson.
In Fearless: The Richard A. Sprague Story, Joseph R. Daughen chronicles the significant events of a renowned Philadelphia lawyer who changed the landscape of the profession. Richard A. Sprague's philosophy holds that the law is sacred in this land, and as a lawyer he has always had the solemn obligation to fight as hard as he could to make the law serve his client, whether the client be the people of the United States, the people of Pennsylvania, or an individual caught up in the system. Read this compelling story of a man who wasn't afraid to risk everything to fight for his fellow man and made a difference in the legal profession.
From the Foreword
"If I had to choose a single word to characterize him, it would be fearless. Dick Sprague is not afraid of anybody. He's not afraid of the biggest newspaper in the state, or the most powerful judges in the court system, or the most egocentric member of Congress, or the toughest union bosses. Dick wasn't afraid to lose a job for doing what he thought was the right thing. That happened to him twice, though on each occasion he emerged as the hero in the eyes of the public and his profession."