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AND JUSTICE FOR SOME: An Expose of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel; 1st edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159523036X
  • ASIN: B000Z4GPTQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this clarion call for the victims' rights movement, lawyer and media commentator Murphy argues that our society's efforts to ensure that no innocent man is convicted are allowing legions of criminals to go free. The victim's rights movement seeks to enact laws that give victims greater access to justice; though victims may file suits against criminals in subsequent civil trials (as did Ron Goldman's family in their wrongful death suit against O.J. Simpson), criminal trials reduce victims' role to State witness. As such, victims frequently find themselves on trial in the court of public opinion (as was Kobe Bryant's accuser), paradoxically forced to defend themselves against the accusations of the accused. Though an excellently and righteously argued point, some of Murphy's solutions seem counteractive at best, such as a plan for victims' attorneys to go up against defense lawyers, a likely way to ramp up the circus-like atmosphere of high-profile trials, which Murphy is also against. Still, she offers some excellent premises by which the balance of justice can be restored to victims, often proving a logical and lucid advocate for her cause, despite a tone that never rises above the level of your average daytime talk show.
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"Capturing the essence of righteous indignation, Joyce Bean delivers a clear and ringing narration of this book." ---AudioFile
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Wendy Murphy's book has shed light on the criminal justice system.
Truth
I learned so much about WHY our legal system doesn't work and no other book tells the truth like this one.
Pen Name
There's no presumption of innocence, no exculpatory evidence, no right to council.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kleigh6 on October 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I understand that some people find this book disturbing because it removes the cushioned illusion of safety that people prefer to have in regards to why some are victimized, and why they, in turn, can never be. The truth is that anyone of any age, color, socioeconomic status, or gender can be victimized. Murphy points out some serious issues in the treatment of our victimized population by our legal system. Anyone who has experienced this system knows exactly what it is to which Ms. Murphy refers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Truth on April 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Wendy Murphy's book has shed light on the criminal justice system. After finishing the book, I have gained insight into a part of the world that everyone should be made more aware of. As a college student, I don't have much time between homework and well..more homework but I couldn't put this book down. Captivating is an understatement. The stories are real cases and Wendy's flare as an author has proven to be remarkable in displaying them. BUY THIS BOOK...YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. LIFE CHANGING AND ENTHRALLING. I'm on my second read, and I'm still surprised at the stories and how they are handled in and outside the legal system. I gave the book five stars, but I would give it more if I could. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip A. Laliberte on September 3, 2013
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Wndy Murphy hits the nail right on the head. I have seen tthe in's and out's of the court system and it is biased and off kilter, She is 100 per cent right.

Philip LaLiberte
Florida
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Potter on July 3, 2013
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This is a very telling book, Ms. Murphy, is a true hero. We need more people in the legal system like her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan G. on June 26, 2013
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Kept seeing Wendy Murphy on HLN - loved her - heard she wrote a book a few years ago - had to get it - hardcover for 1cent; that is no insult to Wendy because the book is written like I would have written it - Write on spot - great reading and great price.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on April 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
I learned so much about WHY our legal system doesn't work and no other book tells the truth like this one. Attorney Murphy doesn't hold back when it comes to protecting children. When you read about what really happened to Jonbenet Ramsey you will be shocked and finally know why so many mothers in this country fight to protect their children. That is why I picked up this book and continue to praise Attorney Murphy for her commitment to children's safety and rights.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wendy Murphy is a lawyer who represents victims of violent crime. She goes behind the scenes and shows us how defendants (criminals, the accused) are taken care of by the legal system more than their victims. In fact, often defense attorneys investigate victims and try to put the blame for the crime on them instead of where it belongs.

Since Ms. Murphy comes from a background of having prosecuted criminals, she is well acquainted with defense attorney tactics. She gives us valuable insight into such famous trials as O.J. Simpson's and Robert Blake's and how attorneys (defense and prosecuting) and judges all made mistakes.

Ms. Murphy not only goes into what's wrong with our system but also offers helpful suggestions should the reader ever end up as a victim in criminal or civil court. A well-researched and well-written book.

Highly recommended.

Valerie Matteson
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JAC on June 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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