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Book Review: The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic
With the recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston and the Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, Americans are thinking about their rights and how the U.S. Constitution defines them. It is thus with good timing that the widely read Yale constitutional law professor Akhil Reed Amar has come around again with a new book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic — an engaging work that focuses on how the Constitution manifests itself in different ways in different parts of the United States.
By Richard J. Blaustein in July 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Fountain Valley 1972
Michael Joseph, NACDL Life Member in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, was inseparable as a child from his brothers, Edwin and Rafael. Members of “The Trio” were all born within a two-year period. By 1972, when they were in their early 20s, the brothers were going very separate ways. Michael, the oldest, was finishing college in Los Angeles, first in his family to do so, and choosing between graduate school and a career as a drummer with internationally known jazz, reggae, and African dance professionals. Rafie, the youngest, a dropout who had left the family to live in the rural interior, was drifting into a life of petty crime. Edwin was back from a combat tour in Vietnam, carrying a burden of PTSD that would eventually claim his life along with those of three of his family members. Yet even that tragic episode is not what would shape Michael’s life and become the centerpiece of a highly compelling book.
By Peter Goldberger in July 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations
Brandon Garrett’s  calling card as a researcher is the brute force attack. In both his previous  work on wrongful convictions and his more recent turn to corporate crime, Garrett’s approach has been to mine and synthesize every  available ounce of data from the public record — and to great effect. Convicting the  Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong is rightly seen  as a landmark book on wrongful convictions, and his latest work, Too Big to  Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, is sure to be  comparably influential.
By Andrew George and Kyle Clark in April 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and The American Revolution
John Bessler is one of America’s leading academic critics of capital punishment. (He also is this reviewer’s colleague at the University of Baltimore School of Law.) In an impressive series of books and articles, Bessler has systematically undermined the popular but too-simplistic notion that the death penalty is consistent with American tradition and with the original understanding of the Founders. The Birth of American Law is Bessler’s latest variation on this theme.
By Christopher J. Peters in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Making Manna

Making Manna is fiction, but it tells a real story. Criminal defense attorneys will recognize large parts of it from experience. And no surprise: author Eric Lotke knows the territory. Twenty years ago as principal writer, he integrated research, data and the varied opinions of a panel of criminal justice experts to produce The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice Commission, a comprehensive analysis of American crime policy and incarceration.

By Malcolm C. Young in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics is an important contribution to the discussion of mass incarceration, and it will likely be a controversial one. Written by Marie Gottschalk, a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Caught is a scholarly work. It is by no means an easy read, not because of any deficiencies on Gottschalk’s part (indeed, she is a clear and colorful writer), but rather because Caught is laden with facts. Accompanying the 284 pages of text are 125 pages of endnotes and a selected bibliography of 27 pages. Any one of Caught’s 12 chapters is worthy of an essay or could be the subject of a conference.

By Elizabeth Kelley in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
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
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