Recorded in detail in this book is Dmitri

Recorded in detail in this book is Dmitri - 'strial.'slong...

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Recorded in detail in this book is Dmitri's trial. Here is massive evidence of Dostoevsky's long  interest in the proceedings of the Russian courts and of the psychology practiced by lawyers. Dmitri's  attorney, Fetyukovitch, for example, is able to undermine and cleverly discredit the testimony of every  witness. He is particularly masterful as he points out that Grigory, unused to drinking, had been  imbibing on the night of the murder and could have seen "the gates of heaven open up." Likewise,  with all witnesses, Fetyukovitch discovers and enlarges a loophole in their statements so that truth  becomes extremely tenuous. The audience is overcome with sympathy and enthusiasm and breaks into applause. The jury retires.  The general consensus is that Dmitri will surely be acquitted, but such is not the case. When the  verdict is read, Dmitri is found guilty on every count. Fetyukovitch begins his defense by emphasizing that all evidence against Dmitri is circumstantial. No 
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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