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THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HOST OF COURT TV’S "CATHERINE CRIER LIVE" DESCRIBES AN AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL – AND FINDS THE LAWYERS GUILTY AS CHARGED. As a child, Catherine Crier was enchanted by film portrayals of crusading lawyers like Clarence Darrow and Atticus Finch. As a district attorney, private lawyer, and judge herself, she saw firsthand how the THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HOST OF COURT TV’S "CATHERINE CRIER LIVE" DESCRIBES AN AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL – AND FINDS THE LAWYERS GUILTY AS CHARGED. As a child, Catherine Crier was enchanted by film portrayals of crusading lawyers like Clarence Darrow and Atticus Finch. As a district attorney, private lawyer, and judge herself, she saw firsthand how the U.S. justice system worked – and didn’t. One of the most respected legal journalists and commentators today, she now confronts a profoundly unfair legal system that produces results and profits for the few – and paralysis, frustration, and injustice for the many. Alexis de Tocqueville’s dire prediction in Democracy in America has come true: We Americans have ceded our responsibility as citizens to resolve the problems of society to "legal authorities" – and with it our democratic freedoms. The Case Against Lawyers is both an angry indictment and an eloquent plea for a return to common sense. It decries a system of laws so complex even the enforcers – such as the IRS – cannot understand them. It unmasks a litigation-crazed society where billion-dollar judgments mostly line the pockets of personal injury lawyers. It deplores the stupidity of a system of liability that leads to such results as a label on a stroller that warns, “Remove child before folding.” It indicts a criminal justice system that puts minor drug offenders away for life yet allows celebrity murderers to walk free. And it excoriates the sheer corruption of the iron triangle of lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians who profit mightily from all this inefficiency, injustice, and abuse. The Case Against Lawyers will make readers hopping mad. And it will make them realize that the only response can be to demand change. Now. From the Hardcover edition.


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THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HOST OF COURT TV’S "CATHERINE CRIER LIVE" DESCRIBES AN AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL – AND FINDS THE LAWYERS GUILTY AS CHARGED. As a child, Catherine Crier was enchanted by film portrayals of crusading lawyers like Clarence Darrow and Atticus Finch. As a district attorney, private lawyer, and judge herself, she saw firsthand how the THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HOST OF COURT TV’S "CATHERINE CRIER LIVE" DESCRIBES AN AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL – AND FINDS THE LAWYERS GUILTY AS CHARGED. As a child, Catherine Crier was enchanted by film portrayals of crusading lawyers like Clarence Darrow and Atticus Finch. As a district attorney, private lawyer, and judge herself, she saw firsthand how the U.S. justice system worked – and didn’t. One of the most respected legal journalists and commentators today, she now confronts a profoundly unfair legal system that produces results and profits for the few – and paralysis, frustration, and injustice for the many. Alexis de Tocqueville’s dire prediction in Democracy in America has come true: We Americans have ceded our responsibility as citizens to resolve the problems of society to "legal authorities" – and with it our democratic freedoms. The Case Against Lawyers is both an angry indictment and an eloquent plea for a return to common sense. It decries a system of laws so complex even the enforcers – such as the IRS – cannot understand them. It unmasks a litigation-crazed society where billion-dollar judgments mostly line the pockets of personal injury lawyers. It deplores the stupidity of a system of liability that leads to such results as a label on a stroller that warns, “Remove child before folding.” It indicts a criminal justice system that puts minor drug offenders away for life yet allows celebrity murderers to walk free. And it excoriates the sheer corruption of the iron triangle of lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians who profit mightily from all this inefficiency, injustice, and abuse. The Case Against Lawyers will make readers hopping mad. And it will make them realize that the only response can be to demand change. Now. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for The Case Against Lawyers: How the Lawyers, Politicians, and Bureaucrats Have Turned the Law into an Instrument of Tyranny--and What We as Citizens Have to Do About It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I ended up skimming through a lot of this. There is some interesting reading here, much of it anecdotal accounts of "cases" beginning with civil and moving progressively through criminal. We finally get to Political influence in making law. While the book touches on the bloating of litigation and expansion of laws themselves (multiple thousands of pages in laws etc.) it takes up most of it's time laying out the "problem" and closes basically telling us what we know. We need a return to common se I ended up skimming through a lot of this. There is some interesting reading here, much of it anecdotal accounts of "cases" beginning with civil and moving progressively through criminal. We finally get to Political influence in making law. While the book touches on the bloating of litigation and expansion of laws themselves (multiple thousands of pages in laws etc.) it takes up most of it's time laying out the "problem" and closes basically telling us what we know. We need a return to common sense and (though not stated as such) less governmental control and dependency and more acceptence of responsibility. Like everyone I moan and roll my eyes when someone gets a multiple million dollar award for some careless action of their own ("I didn't know that coffee I was holding between my legs as I drove would burn me if it spilled....pay me"). I always wonder what reasoning process lead a jury to decide someone should get millions of dollars for whatever... No way to tell of course, but it must have made sense to them at the time. Maybe they all went out for "hot coffee" after the trial? Oh well, who knows. Some may eat this book up more than I. I found it mildly interesting, but not enthralling. I think I'd have preferred a succinct sort of "here's the problem and here are my thoughts on correcting it" sort of format. Others will say, well that's what this is. It is that I think only in the broadest sense and while not bad, didn't tell me a lot(aside from the details to a number or horrible miscarriages of justice) I wasn't at least somewhat aware of. To each their own. As I said not bad.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    These are the kind of books which drive me crazy, not because of the way it's written, but because of the topic. Just reading about many of the lawsuits, frivolous in many cases, and the costs to society which must be borne because of them, drives me crazy. It's hard to read because it makes me so frustrated, and despite the promise of the title, I still don't feel empowered to do much about the inequities and unfairness, and illogic of the system we have. But if everyone read this, and if every These are the kind of books which drive me crazy, not because of the way it's written, but because of the topic. Just reading about many of the lawsuits, frivolous in many cases, and the costs to society which must be borne because of them, drives me crazy. It's hard to read because it makes me so frustrated, and despite the promise of the title, I still don't feel empowered to do much about the inequities and unfairness, and illogic of the system we have. But if everyone read this, and if everyone because as fed-up with the system as I felt, perhaps at some point in time society could turn things around and agree that tort reform is worthwhile.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Interesting book! Insider's point of view of the problems with our legal system. No good solutions put forth, however.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Don

    argue with a post, voluntary associations vs stupefied people granting power to govt, expect everything from law and little from self, sports over regulated vs soccer rugby continuous play, same with schools, like beavers get into mainstream and dam it up, liberty yes equality no, only opportunity not outcome, pursuit of best vs lower standards, Jesse lawsuits, Scouts diversity destroyed diversity, not to offend anyone offends everyone, 60s civil rights took rights away, book The death of common argue with a post, voluntary associations vs stupefied people granting power to govt, expect everything from law and little from self, sports over regulated vs soccer rugby continuous play, same with schools, like beavers get into mainstream and dam it up, liberty yes equality no, only opportunity not outcome, pursuit of best vs lower standards, Jesse lawsuits, Scouts diversity destroyed diversity, not to offend anyone offends everyone, 60s civil rights took rights away, book The death of common sense, Clinton started 2 languages in schools, teacher colleges are problem, GE pcb Gore Occidental Petro Clinton 29K pages new regs at end, IRS and tax codes changed in 67 by democrats, IRS largest corruption, who knows your heart for hate crimes, no more subsidies, no corporate tax and no political donations, money access influence, 90% trial lawyer funds to democrats, moving away from personal responsibility, follow British eliminate contingency fees, universal recognition of truth JPII, culture of chaos and moral relativism, principals and ideas over rule of law, equality of outcome is slow enslavement, founds not relativists, rescue from tyranny.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    meh.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kara Merry

    Long winded but excellent sense of organization and delivers hope as well as disgust with legal America.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wes Young

    Really critical look at the dark side of high profile lawyers. Surely they're not ALL that bad...

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    Aren

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    Michael W. Backus

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