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And Justice for Some: An Exposé of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free

And Justice for Some: An Exposé of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free

Written by Wendy Murphy

Narrated by Joyce Bean


And Justice for Some: An Exposé of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free

Written by Wendy Murphy

Narrated by Joyce Bean

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3/5 (1 rating)
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7 hours
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Released:
Sep 20, 2007
ISBN:
9781400175147
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Audiobook

Description

When Wendy Murphy was a young prosecutor, she learned that the deck is stacked in favor of criminal defendants. Between their arrest and (potential) conviction, murderers, rapists, and drug dealers get more than a fair shake-they get an unfair advantage, often at the expense of their victims.



In many states, for instance, defendants can subpoena a victim's private medical and counseling files without any justification. They can threaten victims with brutal cross-examinations if they dare to testify. They can put on "dog and pony show" defenses that have nothing to do with the truth-and even lie under oath with virtually no risk of being prosecuted for perjury.



These kinds of injustices make Murphy fighting mad. She's made it her mission to help the victims who get the least protection from our twisted legal system. And in her first book, she guides readers through one horror story after another about judges and lawyers who bend over backward to let the worst offenders go free.



You'll meet judges who unapologetically declare that they care more about their liberal ideology than about the pain and suffering of abuse victims; judges who let child molesters walk free because they're "too frail" to go to prison; defense attorneys who take big money from wealthy child molesters, then twist the Bill of Rights beyond recognition; and even a few prosecutors who go easy on criminals for their own selfish reasons.



Murphy's true stories will shock you, but they will also inspire you to join the fight for a more rational system. This is an important book that is sure to infuriate America's legal establishment.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 20, 2007
ISBN:
9781400175147
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Wendy Murphy has been writing on medical topics for more than two decades, beginning with several books written under her name for Time, Inc. in their Library of Health series and later for Readers Digest Books as part of a collaborative team. Before that, Wendy wrote on gardening, archaeology, American history (39 short Presidential biographies), architecture, and the history of inventions. She is currently Executive Editor of Onward Publishing, a custom publishing house that specializes in medical topics. In this role she writes for a professional readership of physicians and other medical care givers on the latest innovations in treating everything from heart disease to neurological disorders, orthopedics, pediatrics, and immunological disorders. Wendy is also active in her local volunteer fire department as a certified Emergency Medical Technician, serving the local community when people need to be treated and taken by ambulance to the hospital. She lives in South Kent, Connecticut, except when she vacations for six weeks every summer with her family on our tiny one-family island off the coast of Maine where they have no electricity and their water supply is strictly rainwater. Wendy's interests outside of work also include being on the board of directors for the Kent Land Trust, being a member of the Kent Conservation Commission, and the Kent Alternative Energy Task Force. Wendy and her husband, who is also a writer, have two grown sons and five grandchildren.


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  • (3/5)
    I know nothing about Wendy Murphy or her alleged role in the Duke Lacross case so I will have to judge this book on its own merits.I agreed with much that the author had to say. There should be rights for victims and we should have as much (more even) sympathy for victims than we do for those accused of harming others. I think it would be hard for anyone to argue otherwise. However, I found much of the actual writing in this book to be lacking. The author spent a lot of time on her soapbox and much less time detailing actual examples or telling any stories. I think some lessons in story telling would help the author become a better writer.Overall, it was a decent book with some good ideas but the weak writing left something to be desired.
  • (2/5)
    The author forgets that the system is set up with the accused being innocent until the STATE proves them guilty of the crime.

    Defendants have rights to prevent the government from convicting innocent people. This happens far too often in our system, especially in cases where prosecutors act the way she does and think that constitutional rights for the defendant take away from the victim.

    In fact, its actually the government with unlimited resources that has all the power. Most defendants have public defenders who rarely spend more than 30 minutes with them before pleading them out on cases that can send them to prison for years.

    The right to cross examine your accuser is fundamental to our process to ensure that false accusations aren't taken as truth. This prosecutor seems to believe that all accusers are telling the truth, which in the past two years, we have seen is patiently false. The Innocence Project has proven that false repeatedly.