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Book Review: Illusion of Justice - Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System

By Raymond Dall’Osto

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Illusion of Justice
Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System

By Jerome F. Buting
Harper (2017) 


Illusion of Justice is not simply a companion piece to the popular Netflix series on the continuing legal odyssey of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. It is a gripping firsthand account of what really unfolds when a criminal defense lawyer is brought into a high profile homicide case, and more so, what happens when the system and the science are like loaded dice against one’s client. The roller coaster series of events in Avery’s life — first conviction, then exoneration; then a new charge and the commencement of a forced march towards conviction, no matter what — is dealt with expertly by the author.

The first chapter explodes in real time as criminal defense counsel are trying to get their bearings and a handle on a brutal homicide case being purposely sensationalized by the prosecution and law enforcement in the media. This book is not derived fro

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