Sunday, July 16, 2006

Book Review of Indefensible by David Feige (One Lawyer's Journey into the Inferno of American Justice)

"Shut up. Tell it to the judge...."

Indefensible: One Lawyer's Journey into the Inferno of American Justice
by David Feige
has just been published by Little, Brown and Company.
I agreed to do this book review for the Hachette Book Group based on an advance reading copy of the book.

"Anger works. Anger is rejuvenating. It is anger -- that smoldering fury -- that allows a public defender to survive...."

This book has all the potential of being the prospective beginning of a new successful TV series on the American criminal justice system.

"Innocent people go to trial mostly because they're naive...."

Indefensible is a thought-provoking and yet lively and moving read about one actual whirlwind day in the life of a public defender "in and around the Bronx Criminal Courthouse", where "justice" can mean only that the criminal law system has been applied to a given case - period.

"No one had bothered to tell me that no one in his right mind picks an all-male jury in a rape case."

David Feige, who was trial chief at the Bronx Defenders, definitely has "novelistic" writing talent, even though this is non-fiction, so that this book reads easily.

"By cataclysmic convictions, I mean the unjust conviction of beloved clients at trial. The first time it's a shock.... There must be something I can do.... "

Indefensible is a no-nonsense hands-down portrayal of the work of a defense lawyer trying to obtain "justice" for his "clients" as he deals with a kaleidoscopic variety of accused, as well as with a diverse panoply of judges, prosecutors, social workers, investigators, and attorney colleagues, all of whom are part of a system of justice where the foibles of humanity prevail and the dictates of the law seem secondary.

"it's gotta come from here ... you gotta know deep down that this is the most righteous work there is ... "

Buy this book for a realistic view of the American justice system at work in the Bronx.

"Defending the guilty is easy."

But what about the rest?

Book Review of Indefensible by David Feige (One Lawyer's Journey into the Inferno of American Justice)

"Shut up. Tell it to the judge...."

Indefensible: One Lawyer's Journey into the Inferno of American Justice
by David Feige
has just been published by Little, Brown and Company.
I agreed to do this book review for the Hachette Book Group based on an advance reading copy of the book.

"Anger works. Anger is rejuvenating. It is anger -- that smoldering fury -- that allows a public defender to survive...."

This book has all the potential of being the prospective beginning of a new successful TV series on the American criminal justice system.

"Innocent people go to trial mostly because they're naive...."

Indefensible is a thought-provoking and yet lively and moving read about one actual whirlwind day in the life of a public defender "in and around the Bronx Criminal Courthouse", where "justice" can mean only that the criminal law system has been applied to a given case - period.

"No one had bothered to tell me that no one in his right mind picks an all-male jury in a rape case."

David Feige, who was trial chief at the Bronx Defenders, definitely has "novelistic" writing talent, even though this is non-fiction, so that this book reads easily.

"By cataclysmic convictions, I mean the unjust conviction of beloved clients at trial. The first time it's a shock.... There must be something I can do.... "

Indefensible is a no-nonsense hands-down portrayal of the work of a defense lawyer trying to obtain "justice" for his "clients" as he deals with a kaleidoscopic variety of accused, as well as with a diverse panoply of judges, prosecutors, social workers, investigators, and attorney colleagues, all of whom are part of a system of justice where the foibles of humanity prevail and the dictates of the law seem secondary.

"it's gotta come from here ... you gotta know deep down that this is the most righteous work there is ... "

Buy this book for a realistic view of the American justice system at work in the Bronx.

"Defending the guilty is easy."

But what about the rest?

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