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Book Review: Forensics - What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
It may be that we as defense attorneys are too quick to roll our eyes at the supposed travails of prosecutors, but one has only to Google “CSI effect” to find that many prosecutors feel like they are unfairly being asked to provide forensic evidence of a quality comparable to that shown on television in every criminal case. The concern, often voiced, is that if a juror is not presented with DNA tests, ballistics data, or at least fingerprint evidence, it appears that the police or FBI simply did not do their jobs.
By Allan F. Brooke II in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Something Is Rotten in Fettig
Book Review: Jere Krakoff was not born to write this book. Rather, he lived his professional life to write this book. Krakoff worked as a civil rights lawyer for 40 years, primarily representing clients who had no other voice and whose lives were beyond difficult. Krakoff spent much of his career working for organizations like the ACLU, National Prison Project, and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In those jobs, he principally litigated cases on behalf of prisoners challenging conditions that were so dreadful that they could be deemed unconstitutional. These are serious issues, but Krakoff surprises us with a hilarious, deeply satirical book.
By James W. Carroll Jr. in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: DC Circuit Denies Rehearing and En Banc Review, Modifies Opinion and Remands in NACDL Suit Seeking Disclosure of Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book
On Dec. 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied NACDL’s petition both for a rehearing and en banc review following the July 19, 2016, decision of a three-judge panel of that court in National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for United States Attorneys and U.S. Department of Justice.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Suppressing Criminal Evidence
Deja Vishny has written an indispensable guide to litigating motions to suppress evidence. Her new book, Suppressing Criminal Evidence, is a superb manual on challenging searches and seizures of physical evidence as well as statements and confessions. Most NACDL members are familiar with the author, who lectures widely to our association, teaches at NCDC and writes for The Champion.
By Tony Bornstein in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Math on Trial - How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom
This small volume is a fascinating, cogently written study of mathematics in the courtroom. Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez, the mother-daughter authors, who live in Paris and London, respectively, examine 10 cases from across the globe and through the centuries to illustrate that “the same mathematical tricks that mislead the public about market trends and risk and social problems have sent innocent people to prison.” (p. ix)
By Susan Elizabeth Reese in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: John Paul Stevens - Defender of Rights in Criminal Justice
John Paul Stevens had the third-longest tenure on the Supreme Court. He wrote more concurrences (389) and dissents (720) than any other justice in the Court’s history. David Souter described him as the “smartest” justice and Antonin Scalia referred to him as his “favorite sparring partner.” Yet he has received much less scholarly attention than most of his contemporaries. Christopher E. Smith, a professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University, wrote this book in an effort to correct that imbalance and give Stevens the attention he deserves.
By Cheryl D. Stein in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
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
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