Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Humanity of Justice

Entree **** of *****
I enjoyed Humanity of Justice thoroughly and think that everyone should read this book! Humanity of Justice is a well written book about the United States Justice system, written by a well known, highly respected and successful prosecuting attorney, Burke E. Strunsky. Using case studies of some of his most interesting and often controversial cases he examines topics like eyewitness accounts, circumstantial evidence, reasonable doubt, the jury system, emotion vs logic, and language usage in presenting evidence and winning trials. There is a lot of annotation in the book so that you can investigate cases in more depth or check the veracity of what Strunsky presents. The cases that he presents are pretty gruesome, ranging from a man who tortures and murders a three-year-old but escapes the death penalty, the church going man who molests young girls at his daughter’s slumber party, a man who kills his wife for the insurance money and more. Strunsky is articulate, experienced and manages to relate even the most gruesome crimes in the context of how the American system of justice best  and least effectively deals with capital crimes.

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