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June 11th, 2006

Indefensible

David Feige, a defense attorney who has contributed to my understanding from the defense point-of-view, has written a book titled, Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey into the Inferno of American Justice.

From the Publisher’s Weekly review: This tragicomic expose is a roller-coaster ride through the world of justice in the South Bronx. Former trial chief of the Bronx Defenders, Feige takes us through a typically harrowing day as a public defender, dealing with arbitrary judges and clients who are often victims of the judicial system. By a combination of skill and stealth, Feige negotiates the best deal he can get for his clients. In Feige’s account, the power of judges “many of whom, he says, are political hacks” triumphs over almost everything else. One judge demanded that all Jews be removed from jury selection because they wouldn’t be able to be present on Yom Kippur. To keep up with 75-100 cases at a time. Feige “reinvents” the rules so he can race from one court building to another. We follow the fortunes of dozens of cases, from the ridiculous (Michael, jailed for simply walking a friend’s unvaccinated dog) to the tragic ( Jaron, charged with stabbing his cousin). But it’s the failure of the system to free the innocent that haunts the author. In this dramatic first book, Feige skillfully shares his wisdom and his humanity and sheds light on a justice system that too often works irrationally.

To purchase this book, click on the image of the cover here:

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