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Here, as a taste of what this book accomplishes, is the best explanation I have seen of the criminal justice system's response (or non-response) to major banks' conduct surrounding the 2008 crash. There were brow-wrinkling decisions to be made, and this book puts a face on the deciders but more importantly, explores the trade-offs when a JPMorgan or a GMC is a potential defendant. And why are nickel-and-dime drug dealers locked up while execs walk free? It's not as simple a matter as it looks. This author is precisely the person, by experience and by fine writing, to walk us through all this.
As a legal scholar and professor, I have cracked countless books, from texts and treatises to popular works, across the spectrum of legal topics. This is in the very top rank in what it achieves across all categories. We get a very complete survey of issues and problems with criminal justice and its enforcement today. Various nuances in rules are clearly explained, and their effects across the justice system are explored. We see why prosecutors (and the defense bar) do what they do, in better detail and clarity than I have every seen. The author gives meaningful detail, yet uses plain language -- all carefully phrased and edited. (I can readily forgive the very few flat spots where brevity would be better. It is never annoying.) Anyone interested in getting beyond today's mess of attention-grabbing factoids and shallow press reports, to the real concerns and trade-offs in this field, will be rewarded. It is in the careful walk-through of trade-offs, of the upsides and downsides, costs and benefits, of various rules and approaches, the author shines. These are told in treatise fashion at times, and plugged into actual, timely stories of major, familiar scandals and cases. There is rich commentary about the perceived (and actual) differing outcomes between white collar and street crime, rich and poor, that would serve any citizen to know. And the benefits are not limited strictly to criminal law, either; the bulk of the concepts have similarities to other areas of law, as well as interfaces with them.
I surely feel better now addressing classes about the ins and outs of the class differences in the legal world. And I am a better informed citizen to using my vote for the reforms the future asks us to decide on.
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