'HOW CAN YOU DEFEND THOSE PEOPLE?' The Making of a Criminal Lawyer

Author: Kunen (James S.)
Year: 1983
Publisher: Random House (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
ISBN: 0394411846
Price: 8.00
Hardback. The author describes his two and a half years with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., working for clients who were typical of what we think of when we think of criminal defendants ie poor people living in the inner city, mostly black, and mostly charged with committing "crimes in the street, because they didn't have any better place to commit them." Not just a treatise on the underclass, this book is a disturbing, unusual, and absorbing behind-the-scenes look at the way the criminal justice system really works - a bizarre system that, almost in spite of itself, does what is is supposed to do. The author reveals a world completely insulated from the layman's notion of reality. It is a world, finally, in which an idealistic young man soon finds himself using perjured testimony and coaching witnesses - if only because he realises that everyone else is doing so. With Afterword and Notes. 270pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Vg+ in Vg+ dw.


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