Crump lawyers are famous for their high-stakes legal battles that are rarely seen on television.
But in this Netflix documentary, one of them (and, to be fair, many others) is on trial for murder.
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In the mid-20th century, the law firm Crump was founded by John Crump, a man with a passion for law who would spend his days litigating and writing articles on his favorite topics.
In the mid-’60s, he went on to found his own law firm, Crump & Co. and the firm quickly grew into a powerhouse.
After a couple of failed attempts to become an airline pilot, he decided to pursue a law degree and began to train as a lawyer.
The firm was soon renamed Crump (after the former head of the firm) and Crump’s name appeared on more than 200 cases across the country.
In 1966, he was named an American Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association, the same honor he would later receive in his career.
He spent the next 15 years in law practice before retiring in 1983.
He was succeeded by his son, Joe, who would go on to become the founder of the Crump Firm.
Joe Crump died in 2006.
The documentary follows Joe as he recounts the trial that would determine whether he was a criminal or a civil attorney.
Crump is known for his high-profile trials, such as the infamous 1965 trial of the famed civil rights activist James Chaney, and his notorious murder trial in 1972 of John Wayne Gacy.
His other notable cases included the infamous 1984 trial of convicted murderer William “Billy” Allen, and the famous 1984 trial in which the former U.S. Secretary of Defense George Tenet was acquitted after his conviction on child pornography charges.
In addition to his criminal trials, Cramp worked as a civil rights attorney, representing black clients, poor people, and immigrants, including his former boss, Martin Luther King Jr. One of Crump attorney’s biggest challenges was convincing his clients that he was an unbiased arbiter of their case.
A lot of the lawyers in the documentary, like the man in the background in the video above, have their names associated with their criminal cases.
But Joe Crump made it clear that this wasn’t his style, and that his focus was on the best interests of the client, rather than the reputation of the attorney.
“The only people who will believe in you are those who are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt,” Crump once said.
His own defense attorney, Charles Hodge, was more circumspect in his responses to Crump.
“I don’t think he was the best attorney,” Hodge said in a 2009 interview.
“He was a good lawyer, but he didn’t have the balls to say the things he said.
I think he knew he was wrong, but didn’t say it because he was scared.”
Cramp’s legacy in the legal field is not only limited to Crumps.
His family and the Crumps have donated millions of dollars to local, state and national law schools, charities, and other causes.
Crump also served on the board of the American Bar Association.
Cramp’s grandson, James, has been one of the most vocal supporters of Cramp over the years.
When the show was first broadcast, I thought it was the greatest documentary ever.
And I still think it is, because it’s so entertaining and so informative.
And that’s what we want from our country.
[Related: Crump is now a millionaire.]
The Crumps, however, have been a thorn in the side of many people in the criminal justice system.
John Crump became notorious for the case that ultimately led to his death.
His client, the late John Wayne Allen, was convicted of murdering two young black men.
According to The New York Times, Crumps case involved evidence from two eyewitnesses, a DNA test and a witness who had been coerced into helping with the prosecution.
Crumps defense team argued that he had not committed the murders and Allen was not guilty of the crimes.
Cramps defense team ultimately won the case and was awarded a retrial.
Crumptors conviction was later overturned on appeal and the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Despite the loss of Allen’s case, the Crums still had some success in their own life.
In 2005, the family of Charles Hoke was awarded $100 million by the U.K. Supreme Court after the jury convicted the family’s son, Charles Jr., of murder.
Charles Jr. is currently serving life in prison for the murder of an African-American man.
Even after Allen’s conviction, the attorney general of the U,K., said Cr