Defending the Devil

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Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer
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AuthorPolly Nelson
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
SubjectTed Bundy trial; capital punishment
Genrenonfiction
Published1994
PublisherWilliam Morrow & Company
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages336
ISBN0688108237
OCLC28722570
LC ClassKF224.B86 N45

Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer is a 1994 nonfiction book written by American lawyer Polly Nelson, who was a member of serial killer Ted Bundy’s legal defense team from 1986 to his execution in 1989. It was published by William Morrow & Company.[1]

Description[edit]

Nelson was Bundy's final lawyer before his execution in 1989.[2] The book describes her attempts to spare Bundy the death penalty, and gives her impressions of him as a person.

Court case[edit]

Nelson sued novelist John Grisham in 1995, alleging his book The Chamber had striking similarities to her work.[3][4] After Grisham prevailed in a lower court ruling in 1996, the case was dismissed on appeal in 1997.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff report (July 4, 1994). Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer (review). Publishers Weekly
  2. ^ Kramer, Victor H. (1995). Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer (review). Constitutional Commentary
  3. ^ Torry, Saundra (June 19, 1995). Fact, Fiction and Fairness: The Copyright Wars Surge. Washington Post
  4. ^ Owens, John B. (2000). Grisham's Legal Tales: A Moral Compass for the Young Lawyer. 48 UCLA L. Rev. 1431 (2000-2001)
  5. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (October 10, 1997). Suit Doesn't Fit Grisham. New York Daily News