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NEW 2016 Edition Just Released!
Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Law, Policy and Practice (2016 Edition)
By Margaret Colgate Love, Jenny Roberts & Cecelia Klingele
This volume is a comprehensive resource for practicing lawyers, judges and policymakers on the legal restrictions and penalties that result from a criminal conviction over and above the court-imposed sentence. This book covers general types of collateral consequences, attorney's duties regarding consequences, constitutional challenges to consequences, access to and the use of criminal records, regulation of employment and occupational licensing, and restoration of rights after a conviction. Historical background and future trends are discussed. Guidance is provided for defense counsel, prosecutors and judges in charging, counseling, plea negotiation and sentencing.
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A link to a short video about the text featuring the authors is available here.
Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens
By Rob Cary
Written by one of the lead attorneys for U.S. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens describes the litigation before, during, and after the trial charging Stevens with corruption. Stevens was found guilty by a jury, but the judgment was immediately overturned following revelations of gross violations of Brady and other misconduct by the prosecution team of the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice. The verdict, however, led to Stevens' loss of his seat in the Senate.
The book is instructive in its intricate detailing of defense strategies and prosecutorial missteps, particularly in regards to Brady discovery, and author Rob Cary notes that less-privileged defendants commonly face challenges similar to those in the Stevens trial. Cary also comments on the Schuelke Report, a special investigation of the Public Integrity Section ordered by the trial court and released in 2012. As a result of his experience during the trial, Cary prescribes a number of initiatives to level the playing field between criminal defendants and the government, particularly with respect to discovery, handling of witnesses, and ways to address prosecutorial misconduct.
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VIDEO: A short video about the book featuring Rob Cary is available online by clicking here.
"The public learned of the outrageous prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens several years ago, but here are the astounding details. Defense attorney Rob Cary has done a public service with this exposé, a personal odyssey as layer after layer of official corruption is laid bare. It is a shocking, deeply sobering tale that every American worried about the concentration of power in the federal government should read and study. No one is safe, not even a powerful, well-connected legislator with 40 years in the United States Senate like Ted Stevens." - Bob Woodward, associate editor of The Washington Post and author of 17 national best-selling books
“This riveting account from one of our country’s great lawyers shows how vulnerable any citizen can be to prosecutorial abuse. But for the heroic efforts of a talented legal team and a courageous judge, the Department of Justice’s concealment of exculpatory evidence would never have come to light. If prosecutors can cheat a U.S. Senator and get away with it (almost), they can cheat anyone. This must-read book makes a persuasive and urgent case for criminal justice reform that can be implemented tomorrow.” - Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project
“This is an extraordinarily important book, a must read not only for lawyers, but federal judges. Cary goes behind the stunning headlines -- prosecutors' withholding exculpatory evidence, presenting false documents, a wrongful guilty verdict of a sitting senator. He shows how the prosecutor's failures skewed the defense, the openings, the closings, the examination of witnesses. And the failures resound in white collar cases in particular -- where crimes are vaguely defined, where acts are characterized as illegal after the fact. No one reading this book will see Brady v. Maryland obligations as an abstraction, a technicality. And everyone should be chilled; if it could happen to a well-represented public figure, it could happen to any of us.” - Hon. Nancy Gertner (Retired)
Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge
By Frederic Block
Written for the legal community and the general public, this book explains in practical terms, the perspective behind some of the most newsworthy and sensational cases of the last 20 years. Few, if any, judges have commented on the cases that have appeared before them. Judge Block critiques some of the historical practices of the legislature and the bench; educates readers about the death penalty, racketeering, gun laws, drug laws, discrimination laws, race riots, terrorism, and foreign affairs; and intimates the more humble aspects of being on the bench, e.g. the choice to use humor, death threats against members of the bench, brushes with celebrities, witnessing how popular sentiment can override the facts of a case, racist underpinnings of the drug laws, and more.
Disrobed is available for purchase in the NACDL Store for $29.95. Click here to order your copy today!