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1. The Success of Open Source
2. Law 101: Everything You Need to
3. Outrage: The Five Reasons Why
4. Under Investigation: The Inside
5. Actual Innocence: Five Days to
6. No Contest: Corporate Lawyers
7. Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight
8. Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments
9. v. Goliath: The Trials of David
10. Hot Property: The Stealing of
11. Suffer the Little Children: The
12. Legal Education Malpractice
13. Devil's Knot : The True Story
14. Underworld Secrets: Jimmy Hoffa
15. Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse,
16. Driving While Black : What To
17. Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal
18. The Trouble with Principle
19. Legalize This!: The Case for Decriminalizing
20. Deliberate Intent: A Lawyer Tells

1. The Success of Open Source
by Harvard University Press
Hardcover (30 April, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars designing exchange conversations in a new historical style
Steven's book brings a rich articulation of the social practices innovations unleashed by the Open Source collective: a new understanding of private property that better fit the tech forces and the challenges of the present. His book it is not a model; it is not the list of the 10 reasons why...; it is not the defense of an emerging theory; but an historical account in which anecdotes, facts, historical moment, tentative hypothesis, set the background to allows the reader to reshape her/his own questions. The book gave me a perspective I have been testing with IT architects, programmers, software designers...I feel myself much more prepare to engage in conversations about the future in a meaningful and effective way. Thanks to the author!

4-0 out of 5 stars all the major players in open source
For the serious reader (and who indeed thinks open source is hilarious?), Weber provides a detailed history of how this idea developed. He traces it from the advent of unix in the 1970s, and the generous (ie. low fees) licensing terms by ATT. Which led to the BSD Unix that flourished in the 80s. Also during this time, GNU took off.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner
I'm a commercial software developer, and found the author's history of the UNIX culture and the story of its evolution into what we now call Open Source to be fascinating. That alone made it a good read for me. Add in the thought provoking analysis of the "whys" (the real point of this book), and it's a killer combo.
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Subjects:  1. Computers - Languages / Programming    2. Industries - Computer Industry    3. Open source software    4. Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism    5. Political Science    6. Politics/International Relations    7. Programming - Software Development    8. Computer Programming    9. Current Events / Law    10. Economic theory & philosophy    11. Information technology industries   

2. Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System
by Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (30 March, 2000)
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Thanks to TV cop shows, most Americans can probably recite the Miranda warnings, but do they know when the warnings do--and do not--apply? Tort reformers cite the $2.7 million in punitive damages a jury awarded a little old lady in Albuquerque when the cup of coffee she had set between her legs spilled and scalded her. These crusaders against "excessive" damage awards do not usually note that the trial judge reduced the award to $480,000, or that the coffee was 20 degrees hotter than competitors' coffee.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System
This is a great introduction to the different fields of law. This uses recent cases that show now only how the legal field works, but how it has run amuck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good so far
Before my first year classes started I had read most of the parts that were applicable.The reading definitely gave me some sort of foundation and framework for understanding all the information they throw at you in law school.Some of the reading is a little dry, but compared to some Marshall opinions you'll read for class, this book's a breeze.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavily academic in dry, concise, and reasonable format
For what it worth, the book is intended for classroom study. It is dry, dense, and concise with heavy emphasis on the history of law and its role in society. The author has relied on few anecdotes to demonstrate how the law is applicable to dispute resolution. Those linger along many chapters and require the reader to follow closely each anecdote in order to discern the applicability of the law.
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3. Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder
by Island Books
Mass Market Paperback (10 March, 1997)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Or How I Would Have Won
Vincent Bugliosi, author and prosecutor who successfully convicted Charles Manson as conspirator in the Helter Skelter murders of Sharon Tate and the LaBiancos, catalogues the mistakes of the prosecution, the judge, the media, the jury and the case.
1-0 out of 5 stars My girl like$to par-ty all the time-The Nicole Brown Story
This book is a joke.Ms.Brown is being portrayed as a innocent bambi in the Hollywood hills.Spare me! OJ's defence team should have let the evidence & facts do the talking.The facts-Nicole had party-people,like Cato Calin,hanging around and consuming things.She had a lavish monthly allowance,such as $4,000 per month ,for eating expenses,for herself and the two children.)That's alot pasta!She had instructed some hanger-ons to leave and not to return.After another evening out, at the Mezza-Luna Ristorante ,and again she leaves her sunglasses (a code to Ron Goldman,it's play-time!)Ron Goldman knew exactly how to get to Nicole's place,as if it was routine.Ron told his boss,"He'll run it(the glasses)right over to her."(He's a liebermann or a liebknecht,really).I'm asuming after his workday.Evidence-Now,if Nicole's porch became a bloodbath,the killer (or killers)would be sullied in blood.And the state claims to have found a spot of blood,in OJ's Bronco.Well,that blood-speck was not even conclusively linked to OJ's blood-DNA.(It's similar to the Lizzie Bordon case,in which Lizzie claimed she had crushed a beetle-bug on her dress,when interogated about a blood speck on her dress.Years later,Lizzie's claim was validated through more advanced testing and determined to was of a non-mammal origin.)Lastly, many claim OJ's fleeing in the Bronco,is proof of guilt.Well,if you had at least a dozen white cops ,on your tail,in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating,would you stop for a chat??I still say Nicole was mixed-up with some shady-characters,who saw her place as real cozy to hang-out at ,while their talent agents get back to them .Or the next drug-buy location was being set-up. So my pretties,keep your daughters off the yellow-brick road! HeHeHe!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bugliosi lays it all on the table
For a case that was overly saturated in the media, and with an abnormal plethora of books written about it, to have one book stand above all the rest is quite a feat.
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4. Under Investigation: The Inside Story of the Florida Attorney General's Investigation of Wilhelmina Scouting Network, the Largest Model and Talent Scam in America
by Coyote Ridge Publishing
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5. Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches From the Wrongly Convicted
by Doubleday
Hardcover (15 February, 2000)
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The Innocence Project is a pro bono civil rights organization that helps innocent people who have been unjustly imprisoned win their freedom through DNA testing. Run by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld (known for their roles in the O.J. Simpson murder trial), the project has thus far managed to free 43 wrongly convicted people and has taken on the cases of over 200 more. In Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A scathing verdict on the U.S. criminal justice system.
"Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted." -- U.S. v. Garsson, D.C., 291 F. 646, 649 (1923) (Judge Learned Hand)
5-0 out of 5 stars True Crime Stories
"Actual Innocence" is a legal term that refers to the wrongfully convicted. Being 'actually innocent' is not grounds for a release from prison in the criminal justice system without a new trial (Sheppard vs. Ohio). This decision must be made in a court of law, not in some laboratory. The 'Preface' tells of the beginning of the "Innocence Project" which uses DNA tests to free convicts who were innocent (p.xiv). This has "exposed a system of law that has been far too complacent about its fairness and accuracy" (p.xv). It can be due to: mistaken eyewitnesses, racism, rigged lab tests, inattentive defense lawyers, lying prosecutors. [We know how DNA evidence can be forged or fabricated, like fingerprints. There is no limit to human error.] But DNA tests only work with biological evidence, and they wonder how many were wrongfully convicted in other crimes? "Eyewitness error remains the single most important cause of wrongful convictions. If the prosecution holds back the evidence for DNA tests, a conviction prevents the right to have them done" (p.xvi). William Rehnquist agreed! Government statistics do not keep track of the number of innocent persons who are convicted (p.xvii).
5-0 out of 5 stars Unjustly imprisoned
Actual Innocence is a very deep and detailed book that i am sure anyone would enjoy reading. We are talking about real cases of men who were put in jail for many years, being accused of crimes that they never did. Some were even send to death row,luckly the innocence project was able to help these men by testing their DNA. Reading these stories made me mad because how can someone be left in jail for so many years when they are innocent. I learned that many of these cases occurr because of mistaken eyewitness. The victim will accuse someone else that they think is the one. I really liked the book because i lets you know many things that go on in these types of cases. The best part of all is that now there is DNA that can prove someone guilty and hopefully this injustice can end. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Administration of criminal jus    2. Administration of criminal justice    3. Criminal Evidence And Analysis    4. Criminal Justice Administration    5. Criminal Procedure    6. Criminology    7. Current Affairs    8. Judicial error    9. Law    10. Politics/International Relations    11. Sociology    12. United States    13. Law / Criminal Procedure   

6. No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America
by Random House
Paperback (22 December, 1998)
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The most controversial section of this ringing denunciation of corporate law is that on tort reform, which Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and 1996 Green Party Presidential candidate, and Wesley J. Smith denounce as "tort deform" measures sure to further insulate corporations from the damage wrought by pollution and dangerous products. But Nader has never shied from controversy, and this series of case studies attacks confidential settlements in injury cases, state ethics boards, and links between high-power corporate lawyers and government officials with an equal measure of indignation and reformist zeal. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for lawyers or anyone interested in justice
This is one of my favorite books I've read in recent years.It opens your eyes to the horrible tactics used by corporate lawyers to deny victims their full day in court.Also, Nader and Smith present bulletproof arguments against tort reform.You will learn a TON by reading this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Law Students
As a law student, I have to say that this should be on every law students "must-read" list!Nader and Smith clearly describe the hardball ruthless tactics used by today's corporate lawyers.This is not the kind of stuff they teach you in law school!5-0 out of 5 stars THOSE SUE-HAPPY CORPORATIONS
Beware of the multinational corporations. Not only do they stick it to the taxpayers in forms of bailouts, tax "incentives", and other similar accounts recievable, they are quite willing to stick it to citizensin court and screw up the meaning of the word "due process" inAmerica and the world. A sad commentary on our justice system but a MUSTREAD. ... Read more

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7. Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights
by Harvard University Press
Hardcover (18 February, 2005)
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1-0 out of 5 stars ridiculous
Uh, the author is a lawyer, which means her first obligation is to uphold the law. This means gathering up the illegal aliens and getting them out of the country, quickly. Instead, this "lawyer" decides that it's more important to figure out how to screw what remains of middle-class America in order to get "rights" and such for the criminals. Nice.

5-0 out of 5 stars ACall to Action
This book is many things - a history of immigration, a story of politics, and a study of law, public policy and activism.Above all, it is a call to action - an inspirational, educational guide to effecting social change.Suburban Sweatshops illustrates the enormous impact of one person's efforts to aid a disadvantaged and largely unnoticed segment of American society - immigrant workers - not by fighting for them, but by organizing and empowering them to fight for themselves. As Gordon recounts the events preceding the Workplace Project, and leading to its inception, she acknowledges the horror of the relatively few well-publicized atrocities against immigrant workers.Yet such incidents of "super-exploitation," Gordon submits, are only the most graphic illustrations of an infinitely more obscure problem - a web of appalling injustices so frequent as to seem an almost inevitable aspect of immigrant workers' lives.Gordon reveals these injustices in a variety of ways, supplementing examples of particular immigrants' living and working conditions with statistics that emphasize the pervasiveness of such situations. Most compelling, however, are Gordon's gripping portrayals of immigrants' personal stories.In her direct and elegant style, Gordon introduces the reader to a series of individuals whose experiences, though poignant, are studies in strength, courage and ambition.Many of these anecdotes are the result of Gordon's personal involvement in, and exposure to, the lives of her subjects.Her sympathy and respect for the people whose lives she documents are evident, as are her high expectations of them. Gordon describes the development of the Workplace Project in equally balanced terms.Her pride in the enormous success of the project is apparent, and well-deserved.Throughout the book, however, she offers a candid assessment of its challenges and limitations. This book is truly essential reading for students and professionals in the fields of law, sociology, government and history.It will serve as an indispensable reference to anyone seeking to enact social and political change.It will serve as an inspiration to anyone who reads it.
4-0 out of 5 stars Breaking new Ground
While I understand another reviewer's complaint about the book not being national in scope, and not telling us a lot about the daily lives of immigrants. But the discussion of legal and organizingstrategy is far from arcane or dry. This is really a story about the ongoing process of democratization in our country--which the book makes clear is far from complete (something it would be useful for President Bush and other global democratizers to remember). The book provides a very insightful and thorough examination of how workers in the so called informal and underground economies learn about, use, and deepen their rights in the United States. It also makes a compelling material and moral case for why they deserve those rights. Heartwarming personal stories are nice, but this book expanded my own understanding of the politics of globalization at the micro level. It would make a great case study for college teachers to use with undergrads because it combines an immediate issue with theoretical and philopsophic substance. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alien labor    2. Emigration & Immigration    3. Employee rights    4. Labor & Industrial Relations - General    5. Politics / Current Events    6. Social Science    7. Sociology    8. United States    9. Workplace Project (Organizatio    10. Current Events / Law    11. Human rights    12. Labour economics   

8. Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments
by Three Rivers Press
Paperback (14 May, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of insight on the O.J. Trail
Of all the commentators I trusted Dunne's insight because I believe it came from a person who knew Hollowood.While the book covers many other cases I believe he gave us more insight on O.J. and the kind of man he was.After reading his observations I have to wonder how Judge Ito allowed this circus to go on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Justice; Justice Denied
In this collection of 19 essays, which originally appeared in "Vanity Fair" magazine, Dominick Dunne presents nine true accounts of crimes, trails, and punishments, mostly delayed or denied.He begins with his own wretched first experience with the debacle of the American court system, in which his own daughter was violently murdered, and the guilty served a sentence of only 2 � years.Ten of the essays deal with the O.J. Simpson case.Dunne always believed O.J. was guilty of the double murders, and he presents what happened at the trail and sketches of the participants in a straightforward manner that would convince all but the most stubborn.One essay deals with the Menendez brothers trail for the murder of their parents, another case where the victims are victimized again.The other essays deal with lesser known, but no less sensational crimes.What comes out of these episodes is a realm of society that few of us know well:multi-divorces, extra-marital affairs, extravagant spending, high-flying life styles, cut throat business dealings.It is as fascinating to read, as it is repugnant.Dunne is an outsider who has gained admittance to the inner thoughts and dealings of this nether world and brings it to us unflinchingly.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Justice
There are 2 things that must be done:
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9. v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies
by Pantheon
Hardcover (08 February, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Inside Scoop
In this insightful and yeomanly researched book, Karen Donovan paints a vivid picture of a man who has achieved iconic status among America's trial lawyers. Thanks to the access granted the author by David Boies, we get not only a ringside seat for some of the last decade's most high-profile trials, including, of course, the one that put the current occupant of the White House in office, but we're there for pre-trial strategy sessions and post-trial dinners as well. Throughout, Donovan maintains a keen-eyed objectivity and isn't afraid to deflate balloons of bravado when need be. All in all, it's a compelling read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Author captures essence of multi tasking trial lawyer
Most of pieces of Boies border on idolatry. Donovan's work is special because although she clearly admires Boies and his work, she also points out his faults. The best reading in the book includes her digging behind the scenes to reveal what really happens in trials, settlements, and negotiations. While Boies is obviously one of the top trial lawyers in America, he often gets credit for things which areactually the result of other events. Donovan captures this wonderfully. ... Read more

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10. Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization
by Knopf
Hardcover (26 April, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bingo!
I treasure Dr. Pat Choates new title (book). It is an easy read and a total epiphany. I thought I totally knew the negative side of so-called free trade and after perusing HOT PROPERTY I realized I knew little. Dr. Choate not only pinned down the significance of intellectual property (new ideas product-wise and the intangible, such as music, books, trademarks, software, methods, processes, and so forth) that stimulates our economy, but also makes clear how Japan in particular has bought off disloyal former D.C. government agents of all descriptions(Congressional staff, legislators, etc.)who have helped Japanese cartels steal the ideas as their own possession.
4-0 out of 5 stars Hot Topic, Lukewarm Treatment
This book is in large part a polemic against intellectual piracy and in favor of intellectual property protection. Author Pat Choate was third-party candidate Ross Perot's running mate in the 1996 U.S. presidential election. It is no surprise, then, that the book features charged rhetoric and less than scrupulously dispassionate analysis. Nevertheless, it provides an amusing, easy-to-read introduction to the history of intellectual property protection and its role in U.S. industrial development. That history takes some surprising turns. Eli Whitney, famed as the inventor of the cotton gin, went broke trying unsuccessfully to defend his patents. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison also experienced patent and piracy headaches. Choate recounts these stories with verve and style. He also attempts to be even-handed as when, for example, he draws a parallel between intellectual property violations and the use of traditional knowledge (such as folk medicine) without compensation to the peoples who preserved the traditions. Ultimately, though, Choate focuses more on identifying problems than at proposing solutions. We recommend this book to managers in businesses such as pharmaceuticals and media, which are struggling to preserve their intellectual property rights internationally, as well as to policy-makers and others who are interested in legal and business history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Especially recommended for its ethical, moral and wide-ranging social issues application
Hot Property: The Stealing Of Ideas In An Age Of Globalization is especially recommended for its ethical, moral and wide-ranging social issues application. The problem of pirating and counterfeiting has been magnified with online availability making it a cinch to steal artistic and scientific creations: a habit which is draining our core economy, maintains author Pat Choate. Hot Property provides both a history of intellectual property conflicts and copyright, and a link between copyright issues and a healthy American economy.
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Subjects:  1. Antitrust    2. Commercial - International Trade    3. Economic aspects    4. Globalization    5. Intellectual Property    6. Intellectual Property - General    7. International - General    8. International Business    9. Law    10. Law Of Intellectual Property    11. Legal Reference / Law Profession    12. Politics - Current Events    13. United States    14. Current Events / Law   

11. Suffer the Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland's Industrial Schools
by Continuum International Publishing Group
Hardcover (16 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Suffer the Little Children by Mary Raftery....How sad!! It needs to be told!
Ever since the movie .."The Magdalene Sisters" and Frank McCourt's book..."Angela's Ashes", Plus the fact that I am a quarter Irish and love Ireland and her people,I find I want to know more and more about her people and the TRUTH of how they have suffered yet have remained strong and vital and are proud and have given much to our world today!(England should be ashamed of what they have done for far too long, too!)
5-0 out of 5 stars Shameful Irish Catholic
This book is comprehensive and deeply moving.I could not put it down.I was disgusted and angry by the end of it.I am ashamed to be Irish and ashamed to be Catholic.How this could have gone on for so long with no help for these children is beyond words.If there is a hell, then open arms to all those sick and sadistic Brothers and Nuns, all of whom were operating in the name of God....!How dare they call themselves charitable and merciful.They are some of the most vile human beings in existence.Between that and the sex scandal in America, the Catholic Church owes many people an apology and some sort of restitution.For shame the Church still chooses to cover up it's misuse of power.If the Nuns and Priests and Brothers were not so sexually frustrated, maybe they wouldn't be so evil.Sorry to vent so strongly.After reading this book, you will feel the same way.Also read Do Penance or Perish, but not as good as this book.Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Suffer the little Children a most fantastic written book
This book is one of true meaning an excellent written book, which show's the through Ireland. This books explains the mentality of the religious and states minds. Truly deeply sad book but very much worth the read. This book is excellent in the sense of giving true awareness to the Irish state.Read more

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12. Legal Education Malpractice
by Trafford Publishing
Paperback (12 July, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading
All law students, future and present, must read this book. This book is a definite eye-opener to the realities of the legal profession. The thesis and supporting research are so compelling that they might actually change the reader's mind as to whether to invest the time and money in a law degree. Alternatively, this book will make the aspiring law student a much better customer of a legal education and/or profession. Read more

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13. Devil's Knot : The True Story of the West Memphis Three
by Atria
Hardcover (08 October, 2002)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Terribly Agenda-Driven Tone....
Unfortunately, this book is so biased, I had to put it down several times before I finally got through it.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read
Journalist Mara Leveritt has delved deep into the case of the West Memphis Three with her book, "The Devil's Knot". If you're reading this, you probably already know what happened in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas. Three eight-year-old boys were found murdered and mutilated, and the police had no where to go when trying to decide a suspect and a motive. The murders were also very strange, for there was no blood found at the scene, hardly nothing they could use as evidence, and the violent way the children were killed was very, very disturbing.
5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I found this book to be extremely good.I went through a rollarcoaster of emotions while reading it.TO reply to swftshadow...yes we may be spening lots of money of them but if that was you in there an innocent would you not want someone fighting for you? Seriously now.This book is awesome an got me interested in becoming more involved in the WM3 ordeal ([...])....I would def. recommend to book to anyone who wants to see that injustice does occur in our legal system, wants a good read and learn something---It is a def. buy-you wont be sorry. ... Read more

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14. Underworld Secrets: Jimmy Hoffa to Las Vegas
by Diablo Western Press
Paperback (23 January, 2006)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Bad, Bad, Bad
This book is very unorganized and hard to follow.Events and thoughts at times do not make sense I.E chapter one page 5 "I went to live with my sister and Dennis's father gave me a job in his factory".No where is it mentioned who Dennis is and why he is mentioned, or was that his sisters name and they had different fathers? In the same sentence it goes on to say something about Oakland Community College and football withreference to the the colleege retruning to the Reformatory? What is the Reformatory and what does it have to do with football
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15. Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse, and Heroism by the Boys in Blue
by Prometheus Books
Hardcover (April, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Police Unbound:Corruption,Abuse and Heroism by the Boys in
Anthony Bouza, the former Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, the former second in command of the New York Transit Police and a retired senior commander with the New York Police Department, weighs in with ascerbic comments linked with thoughtful ideas on policing, society and public administration.5-0 out of 5 stars AN OUTSTANDING GEM OF A BOOK: ONE OF A KIND!
Bouza's book is an awesome *GEM*. Incredibly interesting,insightful, informative, at times irreverant, always enlightening and refreshing. Anthony V. Bouza is one of a kind--defying any ideological label, he calls it as he sees it. Most of all,he is a person of unwavering principle and integrity. Two qualities all too rarein public officials.His book is replete with examples where his devotion to "what is right" "cost him."5-0 out of 5 stars AN OUTSTANDING GEM OF A BOOK: ONE OF A KIND!
Bouza's book is an awesome *GEM*. Incredibly interesting,insightful, informative, at times irreverant, always enlightening and refreshing. Anthony V. Bouza is one of a kind--defying any ideological label, he calls it as he sees it. Most of all,he is a person of unwavering principle and integrity. Two qualities all too rarein public officials.His book is replete with examples where his devotion to "what is right" "cost him."Read more

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16. Driving While Black : What To Do If You Are A Victim of Racial Profiling
by Broadway
Paperback (16 May, 2000)
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It happens every day: at a seemingly routine traffic stop, a cop approaches your car with his gun drawn. You're checking out some clothes in your favorite store and notice you're being followed by security. Dressed in a business suit with arm outstretched, you watch as dozens of unoccupied cabs pass you by. A woman clutches her purse and hurriedly crosses the street when she sees you walking down the sidewalk towards her. For many African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, and Asian Americans, such incidents are known as DWBs--Driving While Black--or examples of racial profiling. Kenneth Meeks's well-researched and disturbing book details the origins, practices, consequences, and solutions to this problem. "From a legal point of view racial profiling is tricky to prove," he writes. "Seldom do investigators recover a smoking gun with fingerprints on it. This is why a national movement has been launched by politicians of color and civil rights leaders to mandate that law enforcement agencies keep statistics of whom they are stopping, questioning, detaining, and searching." There are numerous case histories in Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars What about the dead body they found in the trunk?
Kenneth Meeks wrote a book critical of racial profiling without bothering to answer the million dollar question -- why would police officers suspect blacks of commiting more crimes than other groups in the first place? Maybe because they do commit significantly more crimes than other groups? Meeks doesn't say. He just assumes cops are pulling blacks over for no other reason than their skin color. Even more puzzling is the idea behind his book. If most blacks are getting pulled over unjustly, then why does he need to write a book instructing them to remain calm? If the only thing you've been pulled over for is "driving while black," then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. 4-0 out of 5 stars Life skills material
This book provides some valuable information, not only for Blacks, but other minorities, as well as people in lower economic communities.I am using it as a small part of a life skills curriculum, for at-risk youth. It certainly presented more concepts than I expected.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Driving While Black give accounts of racial profiling that blacks go through in shopping malls, taxicabs, and being stopped by the police for no good reason. What I think was helpful was that at the end of every chapter were addresses that's included for victims that experience profiling to write, and complain. ... Read more

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17. Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case
by Touchstone
Paperback (19 February, 1997)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Trials are not Games
I'm reading reviews in an attempt to choose a book to purchase. It is amazing to see how many readers have commented that they feel OJ is guilty, but the jury made the correct decision to acquit.
2-0 out of 5 stars Stop the nonsense!
Hwere we have a guilty concience trying to make himself feel better by justifying in helping a murder go free. The arguemnnts are weak and stupid and do nothing to refute the overwhelming blood evidence. What is more is that after the criminal trial so much additional evidence has been exposed that only proves even more how guilty this man is.
3-0 out of 5 stars Stimulating, but not compelling
Dershowitz raised some very interesting and important issues, but for the most part tries (unsuccessfully) to justify his own lack of integrity.Everyone alive during the Simpson trial knows he's guilty as sin and ought to rotting away in prison.No amount of explanation/interpretation is going to change that.He's guilty.Dershowitz thinks people are so upset because they don't understand all the issues.But that's not true.What so infuriates the general public is that we know he's guilty, we know his defense team knew he was guilty and yet he's free.What disgusts so many people about Dershowitz (and other defense attorneys) is not that he's white and defended a black man, or that he defended someone who mudered a fellow Jew, but that he worked so hard to suppress the truth and set a guilty man free.He didn't strive for truth or justice; he was only concerned with winning.Everyone, no matter how much evidence there is against them deserves a fair trial.But Dershowitz and most other defence attorneys don't want a fair trial.They look for ways to subvert the truth and hide the evidence--and there's no way anyone can call that justice. ... Read more

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18. The Trouble with Principle
by Harvard University Press
Paperback (02 March, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Sharp Thought on Contemporary Issues
Fish's book on principle, where he dismantles the fanciful notions of "neutral zones" and "non-position positions" of argumentation, is a truly engaging work, like most of his books have been. You can't quite function fully as an American intellectual unless you engage with his thinking at some level, even if it is to disagree. He's often misrepresented in certain circles as "just another academic nutjob," but nothing could be more foolishly dismissive. Think he's a right-winger? Think again -- he supports affirmative action. Think he's a lockstep-leftist? Hold on: he is not a strong pro-abortion guy. Is he an enlightenment liberal? A closet commie, or a neocon? He must at least be a multiculturalist! No -- at least, not the way many academics often are. Is he anti-religion? Anti-Christianity? The answers to these and many questions may surprise you. This is what makes his thinking so much fun, and so fascinating to explore -- in other words, he's about the precise opposite of most academic worker bees.
4-0 out of 5 stars Exit stage left from the enlightenment
First and most importantly, no one should presume to have refuted antifoundationalism without confronting the challenge Fish lays down in these pages.
4-0 out of 5 stars Go fish
The trouble with this text,of course, is that Fish's thought that all thought is culturally and subjectively driven, etc., is that his thought that this is so is also culturally, historically, socially and subjectively driven.This is taken into account, and I must say he defends it as well as he possibly can when this -seems- to happen to be so.It is very similar to the moral relativists, though, who take a moral stance that there is none.This is fascinating reading in circles. ... Read more

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19. Legalize This!: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs (Practical Ethics Series)
by Verso
Paperback (August, 2002)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Superior Treatise With a Somewhat Cumbersome Writing Style
Overall, this book is excellent.The writer is clearly pro-legalization (as am I), but tries to balance this with an analysis of the opinions and positions of prohibitionists.Husak acknowledges that he cannot truly be objective.
4-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about the drug war
This book explores the legal, social, economic, and political issues surrounding the banning of certain addictive substances by the government, emphasis on the banning of marijuana, heroin and cocaine by the US government.The author provides a brief history of these substances, how each came to be widely used within the US, and the history of how and why they were banned.The author explains how the legal and criminal justice system evolved to deal with the banning of these substances, and in turn how criminals and criminal organizations evolved to evade law enforcement authorities in the production and distribution of these same substances.The author also shows how prosecuting the drug war has inspired police corruption, invasion of privacy, and creates financial drains on the burses of local, state and federal governments that are much worse than the actual effects of substance abuse.
5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Awesome and Important Analysis

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20. Deliberate Intent: A Lawyer Tells the True Story of Murder by the Book
by Crown
Hardcover (22 June, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent On1st Amendment, and Real Murder!!
This book is about as perfect as you can get! Mainly a true story of a lawsuit against Paladin Press for publishing the book HIT MAN, it is a very entertaining read for such a gruesome subject. Sweeping through law school discussions, 1st Amendment history, and the details of the US Court System, this is a real page turner. The details of the lawsuit, the personalities, the judges, including one whose elderly father was murdered in his own driveway just a few years before this case started, are all fascinating! So for a tour through the law and the truly horrific murders of 3 completely innocent people, and even the streets of LA and Motown records, and much more, this one is tough to beat!

4-0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Story that Sets an Important Precedent
Deliberate Intent is a personal account of a lawyer devoted to the idea of First Amendment. As a true believer in free expression, when he was approached to serve on the legal team that sued Paladin Press for the publication of Hit Man, a manual for the successful hired murderer, he was very reluctant. However, after some efforts he agreed and this book tells the story of his legal, intellectual and emotional involvement in the affair. The reader feels Smolla's commitment to free expression and, at the same time, also Smolla's conviction that this book exploits all that is right about free speech to inflict evil and thus it places itself outside the boundaries of the First Amendment. The account is very personal, sometimes TOO personal (a more stringnet editor would leave some parts of Smolla's diversions outside this fascinating book) but it is a very engaging book that I, personally, read cover to cover without a break. Now I teach it in my free speech classes.

2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Flawed
The story (which, of course, was true) is very engaging; however, the book had several flaws that hindered my enjoyment:Read more

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