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Courtroom 302 : a year behind the scenes in an American criminal courthouse

Author: Steve Bogira
Publisher: New York : A. Knopf, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is the story of one year in one courtroom in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country. We see the system through the eyes of the men and women who experience it, not only in the courtroom but in the lockup, the jury room, the judge's chambers, the spectators' gallery. We witness from behind the scenes the highest-profile case of the year, and we follow the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bogira, Steve.
Courtroom 302.
New York : A. Knopf, 2005
(OCoLC)607564397
Online version:
Bogira, Steve.
Courtroom 302.
New York : A. Knopf, 2005
(OCoLC)609525839
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Bogira
ISBN: 0679432523 9780679432524 0679752064 9780679752066
OCLC Number: 56194775
Description: 404 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue : welcome to county --
White sales --
A growth industry --
Baggage --
Good facts, bad facts --
Luck --
Busted again --
A real lawyer --
Charlie Chan --
Perseveration --
Freely and voluntarily --
Father and son --
Defective products --
Fixes --
A sensitive area --
What really happened --
Prejudice --
Blame the po-lice --
Compassion --
Politics --
Epilogue : a promising future.
Other Titles: Courtroom Three hundred two
Responsibility: Steve Bogira.
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This book is the story of one year in one courtroom in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country. We see the system through the eyes of the men and women who experience it, not only in the courtroom but in the lockup, the jury room, the judge's chambers, the spectators' gallery. We witness from behind the scenes the highest-profile case of the year, and we follow the cases that are the daily grind of the court. Bogira shows us how the war on drugs is choking the system, and how in most instances justice is dispensed rapidly and mindlessly. The stories that unfold are often tragic, but they no longer seem so to the people who work there. This illumination of our criminal court system raises fundamental issues of race, civil rights, and justice.--From publisher description.

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