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Ordinary injustice : How America holds court

Author: Amy Bach
Publisher: New York, New York : Holt Paperbacks, [2010] ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Holt Paperbacks editionView all editions and formats
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"Attorney and journalist Amy Bach spent eight years investigating the widespread courtroom failures that each day upend lives across America. What she found was an assembly-line approach to justice : a system that rewards mediocre advocacy, bypasses due process, and shortchanges both defendants and victims to keep the court calendar moving. Here is the public defender who pleads most of his clients guilty with scant  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Bach
ISBN: 9780805092271 0805092277
OCLC Number: 468976549
Description: 307 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Chapter One. "What's a defense?" --
Chapter Two. A Troy champion --
Chapter Three. Miss Wiggs's list --
Chapter Four. Show trial --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Other Titles: How America holds court
Responsibility: Amy Bach.

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"Attorney and journalist Amy Bach spent eight years investigating the widespread courtroom failures that each day upend lives across America. What she found was an assembly-line approach to justice : a system that rewards mediocre advocacy, bypasses due process, and shortchanges both defendants and victims to keep the court calendar moving. Here is the public defender who pleads most of his clients guilty with scant knowledge about their circumstances ; the judge who sets outrageous bail for negligible crimes ; the prosecutor who habitually declines to pursue significant cases ; the court that works together to achieve a wrongful conviction. Going beyond the usual explanations of bad apples and meager funding, Ordinary Injustice reveals a clubby legal culture of compromise, and shows the tragic consequences that result when communities mistake the rules that lawyers play by for the rule of law. It is time, Bach argues, to institute a new method of checks and balances that will make injustice visible - the first and necessary step to reform."--taken from publisher description.

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