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Criminal Tax, Money Laundering, and Bank Secrecy Act Litigation Ellen C. Brotman May 2011 59 Criminal Tax, Money Laundering, and Bank Secrecy Act Litigation By Peter D. Hardy BNA Books (2010) Are you feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of financial crime prosecutions, especially in the b

By Ellen C. Brotman in May 2011
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Showdown - Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America
Shortly after New Year’s Day in 1973, Lyndon Johnson called Thurgood Marshall to say that he was planning to write a book about Marshall’s nomination to the Supreme Court and the bruising confirmation battle that followed. The justice enthusiastically agreed to help with the project. Sadly, their collaboration was not to be. LBJ died on January 22.
By Cheryl D. Stein in April 2016
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Book Review: Listening to Killers - Lessons Learned From My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases
What motivates people to kill? James Garbarino set out to answer that very question. In his newest book, Listening to Killers, Garbarino describes what he has learned over the last 20 years as an expert witness interviewing people accused of murder.
By Cara Schaefer Wieneke in April 2016
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Book Review: Exonerated - A Brief and Dangerous Freedom
After being wrongfully convicted of murder and serving 29 years in prison, James Woodward was freed in 2008 after DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project of Texas (IPOT) excluded him as the perpetrator. Woodward was the longest-serving inmate in the United States to be freed by DNA evidence. This is not a story of his legal fight for freedom, but more about surviving freedom. Specifically, this is a love story, written as a memoir by the author, Joyce King, James’ girlfriend for the four years that followed his exoneration. From the beginning, we know he dies. Though Ms. King wants to honor James’ spirit and his fight for normalcy and happiness, the story unfolds into a character study of two opposing worlds and how long-term incarceration destroys people.
By Lisa B. Kauffman in April 2016
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Book Review: The Ploughmen
The Ploughmen is a novel about two men — a killer awaiting trial for a brutal murder and a young sheriff’s deputy. The deputy works the over-night shift and is assigned to sit outside the killer’s cell night after night in the hope of extracting information of additional crimes in the old man’s long career. What begins as small talk deepens into shared confidences and ends with an interesting twist in which the killer puts the deputy into an untenable position. Along with this twist comes one last confession of several murders.
By Dr. Teri Stockham in March 2016
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Book Review: Flawed Convictions - ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ and the Inertia of Injustice
In 1996, the state of Wisconsin successfully prosecuted Audrey Edmunds for an unspeakable crime: the violent shaking death of a six-month-old girl. But 12 years later, an appellate court overturned Edmunds’ conviction because, the appeals court held, “a shift in mainstream medical opinion” casts doubt on the accuracy of expert testimony presented at Edmunds’ trial. Edmunds’ case seemed part of a small, yet potentially-ground breaking trend: a recognition by courts that flawed medical testimony could lead to wrongful convictions of defendants for Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Deborah Tuerkheimer, a former prosecutor who once litigated SBS cases, had thought this handful of victories might catalyze a “massive institutional effort” to overturn similarly-flawed SBS convictions. Instead, Tuerkheimer, now a law professor at Northwestern, found a “criminal justice system ill-equipped to vet medical expertise, and even less capable of reversing direction.”
By Carrie Sperling in March 2016
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Book Review: Representing the Accused - A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense
Jill Paperno’s Representing the Accused: A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense is an extremely useful resource for both the novice and more experienced criminal defense attorney alike. Currently Paperno is the First Assistant Public Defender at the Monroe County, New York (Rochester) Public Defender’s Office, and she brings her extensive experience as a practicing criminal defense attorney to this particular work. Moreover, Paperno helped develop the defender training program in Monroe County, an experience that has undoubtedly informed the focus of her book.
By Todd A. Berger in January - February 2016
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Book Review: Inferno - An Anatomy of American Punishment
We had a new judge in our county who defeated the incumbent in an election. He had never practiced criminal law. Prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, and others working in the system were concerned that the new judge would not have a perspective on the actual workings of criminal law. To answer these concerns, the new judge, accompanied by a newspaper reporter, went undercover to see the county jail firsthand. He made a deal with the sheriff to be booked for 48 hours as a businessman, purportedly arrested for vehicular manslaughter, along with the reporter, purportedly a passenger arrested for resisting an officer. Like a really bad movie, only the sheriff and one commander knew the truth.
By Robert M. Sanger in January - February 2016
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Book Review: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
From an outsider’s perspective, Jeff Hobbs meticulously crafts a haunting yet honest account of his college roommate’s life story while also managing to explain the grave societal causes for his demise. Robert Peace was not your average molecular biophysics graduate from Yale, and he certainly did not define himself by this accomplishment. Born right outside Newark, N.J., to a hard working mother named Jackie and an engaged albeit drug-dealing father called Skeet, Robert quickly became known by those close to him as a young genius — even as a toddler, his teachers referred to Rob as “the Professor” due to his great intellectual abilities. When Rob was 10 years old, two women were found dead in the same apartment building in which Skeet lived. Poor evidence linked Rob’s beloved father to the scene of the crime; he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
By Grace Fording in December 2015
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Book Review: The Eternal Criminal Record
“Every police officer has the power to stigmatize any person with a lifelong arrest record.” Federal and state repositories hold criminal records on over a quarter of the U.S. adult population. They often lack accuracy, clarity, and completeness. About half of FBI rap sheets contain no disposition content. By 2014, only half the states had unified computer-searchable court records. Very few have information on the disposition of criminal cases online. Created for virtually every arrest, regardless of severity or judicial outcome, their publication can have onerous effects.
By Rafael Silva in December 2015
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