- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Angel City Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883318157
- ISBN-13: 978-1883318154
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the People: Inside the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office 1850-2000 1st Edition
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Although I was born and raised in southern California, much of the information was new to me. As an attorney, I was interested in the description of the transition from the Mexican justice system to the American one after California became part of the United States. I was also impressed to see how early the L.A. D.A.'s office was hiring women, using investigators, and having public defenders available.
The bulk of the book is about famous prosecutions. These are divided into Thieves and Killers, Crimes of the Heart, Family Violence, For Financial Gain, Celebrities (In the Limelight), Turmoil in the Streets, Public Corruption, In the Line of Duty (police officers who were killed), Notorious Cases, Criminal Cohorts, Driven to Kill, and Gangs. My main complaint about the book is that many of these cases should have been more detailed, and many could have been excluded to make the space for that expanded coverage. For example, one rattlesnake killing case would have been enough for me. I didn't need the second one.
The book contains many interesting photographs that make the stories much more vivid. I liked that aspect of the book very much. It made the history come alive for me.Read more ›