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xxi, 377 pages ; 24 cm
  • "There is no Christmas"
  • "That dog don't hunt"
  • The silver age
  • "Unitedly yours"
  • The backlash
  • Paul Pelletier's white whale
  • KPMG destroys careers
  • The hunt for AIG
  • No truth and no reconciliation
  • The law in the city of results
  • Jed Rakoff's radicalization
  • "The government failed"
  • A tollbooth on the bankster turnpike
  • The process is polluted
  • Rakoff's fall and rise
  • "Fight for it"
From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity, and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice.Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "Too Big to Fail" to almost every large corporation in America-to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club-an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs-explains why. A character-driven narrative, the book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice. The complex and richly reported story spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives. The book begins in the 1970s, when the government pioneered the notion that top corporate executives, not just seedy crooks, could commit heinous crimes and go to prison. The book travels to trading desks on Wall Street, to corporate boardrooms and the offices of prosecutors and F.B.I agents. These revealing looks provide context for the evolution of the Justice Department's approach to pursuing corporate criminals through the early aughts and into the Justice Department of today. Exposing one of the most important scandals of our time, The Chickenshit Club provides a clear, detailed explanation as to how our Justice Department has come to avoid, bungle, and mismanage the fight to bring these alleged criminals to justice.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781501121364 20170717
Law Library (Crown)
306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • Gateway to the war on drugs : marijuana, 1975
  • Black lives matter : gun control, 1975
  • Representatives of their race : the rise of African American police, 1948-78
  • "Locking up thugs is not vindictive" : sentencing, 1981-82
  • "The worst thing to hit us since slavery" : crack and the advent of warrior policing, 1988-92
  • What would Martin Luther King, Jr., say? : stop and search, 1995
  • Epilogue: The reach of our mercy, 2014-16.
"An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics -- and their impact on people of color -- are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures -- such as stringent drug and gun laws and "pretext traffic stops" in poor African American neighborhoods -- were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a "cancer" that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency. Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas -- from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils."-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
viii, 413 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: The rule of too much law
  • Crime and punishment
  • Two migrations
  • "The wolf by the ear"
  • The past
  • Ideals and institutions
  • The Fourteenth Amendment's failed promise
  • Criminal justice in the gilded age
  • A culture war and its aftermath
  • Constitutional law's rise, three roads not taken
  • Earl Warren's errors
  • The rise and fall of crime, the fall and rise of criminal punishment
  • The future
  • Fixing a broken system
  • Epilogue : Taming the wolf.
The rule of law has vanished in America's criminal justice system. Prosecutors now decide whom to punish and how severely. Almost no one accused of a crime will ever face a jury. Inconsistent policing, rampant plea bargaining, overcrowded courtrooms, and ever more draconian sentencing have produced a gigantic prison population, with black citizens the primary defendants and victims of crime. In this passionately argued book, the leading criminal law scholar of his generation looks to history for the roots of these problems--and for their solutions. The Collapse of American Criminal Justice takes us deep into the dramatic history of American crime--bar fights in nineteenth-century Chicago, New Orleans bordellos, Prohibition, and decades of murderous lynching. Digging into these crimes and the strategies that attempted to control them, Stuntz reveals the costs of abandoning local democratic control. The system has become more centralized, with state legislators and federal judges given increasing power. The liberal Warren Supreme Court's emphasis on procedures, not equity, joined hands with conservative insistence on severe punishment to create a system that is both harsh and ineffective. What would get us out of this Kafkaesque world? More trials with local juries; laws that accurately define what prosecutors seek to punish; and an equal protection guarantee like the one that died in the 1870s, to make prosecution and punishment less discriminatory. Above all, Stuntz eloquently argues, Americans need to remember again that criminal punishment is a necessary but terrible tool, to use effectively, and sparingly.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674062603 20160605
Law Library (Crown)