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August 2018 , Page 34 

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Under Indictment, or Why I Talk to Raccoons

By James B. Wright, Jr.

“The criminal justice system in the United States today bears little relationship to what the Founding Fathers contemplated, what the movies and television portray, or what the average American believes.” 

Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Judge1 

I have been a lawyer for 27 years. I vividly recall the morning the federal Marshals stormed into my law office. I had just arrived and was sitting at my desk to start the day. Shortly after sitting down, a loud noise came from the reception area. Someone was screaming, “Nobody move, federal Marshals!”

Under Arrest

Four armed men appeared in the doorway to my office a moment after I heard the screaming. They told me to stand up and raise my hands. Of course, I did exactly as I was told. One of the men moved around behind my desk and took hold of my arm and pulled me away from the desk and told me not to move. He proceeded to search me, completely. After he was satisfied I was unarmed, he sort of forced me to my knees with my arms raised and hands inte

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