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January /February 2007 , Page 22 

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Book Reviews

By Jon M. Sands,Thomas F. Liotti

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Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey Into the Inferno of American Justice

By David Feige
Little, Brown and Co.
274 pages; $24.95
Reviewed by Jon M. Sands
 

Abandon all hope ye who enter. This inscription, carved at hell’s entrance, confronted Dante as he entered into the inferno. It could serve as a metaphoric inscription, instead of the usual pious platitudes carved in marble on courthouses, for defendants entering the criminal justice system. Those who enter such an inferno would be fortunate to have a public defender as dedicated as David Feige, and fortunate to have a manual for survival as presented in Indefensible.  

This is an extraordinary book. It is an account of one day in the life of a Bronx public defender. It is a “typical” day, which means that there are no astounding trials, confessions blurted from witnesses on the stand, juries delivering acquittals, or legal sleight-of-hands that television viewers see on CSI. Instead, Feige, who is trial chie

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