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Book Review: The Executioner’s Toll, 2010: The Crimes, Arrests, Trials, Appeals, Last Meals, Final Words And Executions of 46 Persons in The United States

Matthew T. Mangino’s book The Executioner’s Toll, 2010 reminds us of what Justice Harry Blackmun famously said in 1994: “I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.” Many writers, like Mangino and Evan J. Mandery in A Wild Justice, continue to tinker with the death penalty.

By Gregory M. Rosatelli in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Science of Perception And Memory: A Pragmatic Guide forThe Justice System

This small, information-rich volume is essential for the library of everyone who cares about the accuracy of witness evidence. Professor Daniel Reisberg provides a comprehensive and comprehensible handbook for understanding how we observe, remember, and recall information that may be critical in a legal proceeding. The book offers not only an overview of the scientific method and its use in the study of memory and perception, but also a strong argument for its utility in the legal system in the search for justice.

By Susan Elizabeth Reese in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … And Sometimes Doesn’t

The criminal justice system is like an alcoholic who refuses treatment, say attorneys Mark Geragos and Pat Harris in Mistrial. While the common belief is that the United States has the best criminal justice system in the world, there are problems that need to be fixed. Beginning with anecdotal stories, the authors entertain and educate the reader with their insider secrets and commentary from high-profile cases. They revisit the O.J. Simpson fiasco, the Susan MacDougal defiance, the Scott Peterson injustice, Michael Jackson, Gary Condit, Chris Brown, and other just-as-important-not-so-famous clients they have represented. That’s just the beginning.

By Lisa B. Kauffman in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Anne Levy's Last Case

To say Anne Levy’s Last Case is a novel about a public defender is like saying Moby Dick is a novel about a whale. Barbara Sattler is not Herman Melville, but she is a fine writer whose novel has multiple, interconnected themes with memorable, realistic characters. Those themes include the universal traits of loyalty, friendship, perseverance, and empathy. However, the readers who will most clearly enjoy this novel are those who have spent time as criminal defense lawyers or, in particular, as public defenders.

By Dan Cooper in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice And Redemption

Bryan Stevenson is the leading human rights lawyer in America today. Just Mercy is his first-person account of his work over the last quarter century, mainly on behalf of death-sentenced prisoners in Alabama but ultimately extending to some 2,500 prisoners across the country who were sentenced to die in prison for crimes they committed as children. The book is a collection of humanizing stories about these clients. The names are not the abstract embodiments of case law citations in Eighth Amendment jurisprudence, but the flesh-and-blood characters in the human dramas of Bryan Stevenson’s practice as a lawyer. All these men and women had been condemned either to execution or its harsh, unforgiving alternative, life in prison without the possibility of parole.

By Russell Stetler in October 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: How Can You Represent Those People?

Defense attorneys may find themselves asking where this book has been all their lives. Masterfully compiled and edited by Abbe Smith and Monroe H. Freedman, How Can You Represent Those People? is a provocative collection of essays from a wide-ranging group of lawyers that seek to answer the ultimate “cocktail party question.”

By Amy L. Austin in October 2014
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Book Review: Defending Jacob

William Landay, a former prosecutor but never a defense lawyer, is a brilliant fictional writer who has given his readers much more than just a murder mystery in Defending Jacob. “A Reader’s Guide” with Landay at the back of the book presents profound ethical questions for parents, children, and lawyers. It should be the centerpiece of discussions at bar associations on such topics as the limits of advocacy; how we as attorneys teach others about what we do; what we can take from laypeople (clients, parents, friends, psychologists and experts) that will help us to better represent clients and mature as advocates and people; and learning to listen to others and our consciences.

By Thomas F. Liotti in October 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science — Eleventh Edition

The rapidly advancing field of criminalistics is cogently and comprehensively presented in an understandable and highly educational format in the Eleventh Edition of Criminalistics. This edition maintains its imposing presence in academia and practical criminalistics. Through careful and thorough writing, Dr. Richard Saferstein does a masterful job of explaining the complexity of fundamental criminalistics as a discipline of forensic science.

By Gil Sapir in October 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Montanamo: Some Secrets Must Be Kept
Gail Gianasi Natale reviews Christopher Leibig's book, Montanamo: Some Secrets Must Be Kept. A page turner set in Northwest Montana, Leibig's novel was inspired by the real-life but unsuccessful quest by the impoverished small town of Hardin, in Southeast Montana, to house Gitmo prisoners in its unused Two Rivers Correctional Institution.
By Gail Gianasi Natale in September 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Criminal Defense Victories In the Federal Circuits
Barak Cohen, an attorney in Washington, DC, reviews Matthew Kaiser's book Criminal Defense Victories in the Federal Circuits. Kaiser describes the book as a strange but worthwhile read.
By Barak Cohen in September 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
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