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Book Review: Unfair - The New Science of Criminal Justice
We rightly see the criminal justice system — based on logic and the rule of law — as a great achievement. But is it a scientific achievement? That tricky question lies at the heart of Adam Benforado’s Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Justice. How far have we really come, he asks, from the days when we could dunk a person in the water to tell whether he was lying?
By Andrew George in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Lynching - The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan
The Lynching is a difficult book to review. In some ways it is two books in one. In one part, it tells the story of a path-breaking lawsuit that “brought down” the Ku Klux Klan. The story of the lawsuit follows a fascinating historical recounting of the Klan’s tight, symbiotic relationship with Alabama politicians and with George Wallace in particular. The first part of the book is essentially a mini-political biography of Wallace and his rise to power in Southern, and then national, politics. The Klan was a “fearless enforcer of segregation,” and segregation was the central tenet of Wallace’s being. By far, the history of the Klan’s direct and close involvement in Southern political life is the most interesting and well-researched part of the book. Also, in this highly informative section, the author recounts how the Klan would arrange in advance, with local law enforcement’s approval, to commit their violence with impunity.
By Tony Bornstein in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Making a Case for Innocence - True Stories of a Criminal Defense Investigator
April Higuera has investigated some interesting cases in her 15-year career as a defense investigator. In her new book, Making a Case for Innocence, Higuera makes a strong and reasoned argument for a full throated defense — one that, if properly implemented, should almost always include the services of a competent investigator.
By Hal Humphreys in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Impartial Justice - The Real Supreme Court Cases that Define the Constitutional Right to a Neutral and Detached Decisionmaker
Impartial Justice is chock full of analysis about what constitutes a neutral, impartial, and unbiased decisionmaker. Part one focuses on juries, part two judges, and part three noncourt settings. Part one and two are of particular interest to the criminal justice practitioner and important in light of recent action by the U.S. Supreme Court.
By Matthew T. Mangino in November 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Leaning on the Arc - A Personal History of Criminal Defense
Gerry Schwartz-bach, a true artist in the criminal defense world, has crafted a powerful and very engaging reflection on his work on behalf of the accused that is part memoir, part teaching tool, and entirely inspiring for anyone coping with the conflict between justice and the justice system. The title, Leaning on the Arc, draws from the Martin Luther King observation that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Schwartzbach sketches a brief but engaging tour of the experiences that led him to a life in the law. His shared discovery of the potent prospect of making a difference, one life at a time, emerges from the story and resonates for the reader. It powerfully compels his journey forward. The book then shifts, transporting the reader into the very heart of the celebrated and lesser-known cases of his career, in a fashion that is inspiring, fascinatingly informative, and revealing of his method of strategic thinking, so essential to creating unimaginable outcomes from very desolate-appearing facts.
By Jeffrey Stein in September - October 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Inside the Cell - The Dark Side of Forensic DNA
For criminal de-fense attorneys who are only casually familiar with the limitations of for-ensic DNA testing, Erin Murphy’s In-side the Cell will be an invaluable read. Murphy presents a notoriously complex subject in a way that will be digestible to attorneys who do not have a deep background in forensic science and who may very well be intimidated by it. Murphy’s analogies make the highly technical subject matter accessible, while her numerous real world examples of forensic DNA testing failures make it a compelling read for anyone interested in understanding the shortcomings of the field. As she lucidly explains, the breadth and gravity of these shortcomings cannot be overstated.
By Daniella Gordon in September - October 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Mental Disability, Violence, and Future Dangerousness - Myths Behind the Presumption of Guilt
Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the law closing most of this country’s facilities that warehoused people with mental disabilities. Sadly, his and others’ dream that this population would live independently, supported by community-based treatment, has not come to pass. Instead, deinstitutionalization has become transinstitutionalization — that is, people who otherwise would have been institutionalized are now in America’s jails and prisons. Estimates vary, but anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of inmates have some sort of mental illness or intellectual/developmental disability, and the number is higher for juvenile facilities. Penal institutions have become de facto mental institutions, and corrections officers are often the first to admit that this is costly and dangerous.
By Elizabeth Kelley in August 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Project Fatherhood - A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Toughest Communities
Living in a small, conservative, mid-western town most of my adult life, the story of Project Fatherhood grabbed my attention. It is a story about a group of fathers in Watts, a small community in the eastern corner of South Los Angeles, who want to improve not only their lives, but lives of the community.
By Bob Lindemeier in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Beyond Freedom's Reach - A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery
Lincoln freed the slaves, right? Not exactly. The Emancipation Proclamation, effective Jan. 1, 1863, only applied to those states that took up arms against the Union. It did not apply to slaveholding states that remained loyal to the Union. And, it was an Executive Order, not an Act of Congress. Lincoln issued it while the war still raged, so he dedicated Federal troops to the enforcement of the Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation did apply to Louisiana. This is where the story begins.
By Maureen L. Rowland in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Wrong Carlos - Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution
This is a sad, absorbing, and profoundly important tale of a wrongful conviction and execution. Everyone with an interest in criminal justice and every public official with responsibility in this realm should place it high on their reading list.
By Tony Bornstein in June 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
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