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How Can You Defend Those People? [Kindle Edition]

Mickey Sherman
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CBS-TV legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Mickey Sherman presents his controversial winning arguments and courtroom experiences together with his unique views and comments about our criminal justice system.
In the tradition of best sellers by Alan Dershowitz and Dominick Dunne, Sherman delivers a powerful, extraordinarily candid, and humorous account of his legal career that gives readers an ALL ACCESS BACKSTAGE PASS to the sausage factory that is the criminal justice system, as well as many cases we have all lived with on TV about which Sherman has provided commentary and insight on the various news channels. Sherman pulls no punches in his candid and often irreverent account of his experiences, observations and antics on and off the air, covering the big (and not so big) cases for the networks.
Sherman started his career as a public defender, then worked as a prosecutor, and later became a criminal defense attorney for clients such as Michael Skakel (convicted 27 years after the fact for the murder of Martha Moxley) and Alex Kelly (who, on the eve of his double-rape trial in Darien, fled to Europe for nine years). The raw Court TV coverage of his successful PTSD defense of a Vietnam veteran charged with murdering an unarmed man over a parking space argument was nominated for a Cable Ace Award.
Sherman’s defense strategies are frequently groundbreaking and sometimes more fascinating than the clients themselves, which is why he is a frequent source for NBC’s Dateline and Law & Order, CBS’s 48 Hours, Court TV, all the national news channels, the New York Times, Time, and Vanity Fair. He is even a recurring character in James Patterson’s bestselling novels.
How Can You Defend Those People? is an entertaining account of how a successful attorney deals with impossible cases and clients and boldly challenges accepted laws and conventional tactics, as well as a voyeuristic glimpse into the real lives and travails of clients who represent a fascinating cross section of life.

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Praise for Mickey Sherman’s How Can Your Defend Those People?
“I’m not popular with defense attorneys, especially in matters of murder.  I’m one of those people who actually says to them, ‘How can you defend such a vile person?’, or a variation on that theme.  Legally, on most of his cases, I’ll never agree with Mickey Sherman, but I must admit I really enjoyed his book. Underneath his sometimes fierce demeanor in the courtroom, Sherman is a witty man with an amiable personality, an expert story teller, and a lover of the law who fights hard for his clients.” 
—Dominick Dunne, bestselling author
“If Mark Twain came back from the dead and decided to be a lawyer in Greenwich, CT, this might give you an idea of the tone of Mickey Sherman’s humorous, human, first-hand observations as he journeys through the black hole that we call our legal system.”
—Barry Levinson, Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer of Rain Man; Good Morning, Vietnam; Diner; Bugsy;
Wag the Dog; and …And Justice for All
“While defense attorneys are usually my natural enemy, understanding their thinking and ‘getting into their heads’ is an offer I can’t refuse! And in this book, we get insight from one of the best, Mickey Sherman.”
—Nancy Grace, legal analyst and Headline News anchor
“This is the real Mickey Sherman, speaking in his own voice—irreverent, incorrigible and just plain hilarious.  He has seen and done it all in the world of criminal justice and television legal analysis.  No one is safe from his keen observation and knife-sharp recollection.  These are true stories, with serious underpinnings, that will have you roaring with laughter at the absurdity of it all.  It’s a great read!”
—William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Chief of Police

Sherman is the high-profile, colorful, and iconoclastic criminal defense attorney who grew up underprivileged on the mean streets of Greenwich, Connecticut (OK, he readily admits there are NO mean streets in Greenwich, but compared to his friends, he was “poor”) and went on to fame and success in the courtroom first as a public defender, then as a prosecutor, and later as a defense lawyer.  The same qualities that have made Sherman so wildly successful before the bar and as a ubiquitous television commentator are on display in this account of why he wouldn’t trade his job for any other in the world and why it is that defense attorneys do what they do – defend the thoroughly guilty, the somewhat-guilty, and the innocent with the same passion and vigor.  How Can You Defend Those People? is part memoir and part voyeuristic journey through the American criminal justice system; along the way the reader meets many of Mickey’s celebrity clients and is treated to inside accounts of their cases.  Sherman’s winning style, self-deprecating humor, and his easy manner make it an eminently readable and enjoyable book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2367 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F7BEW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically Entertaining May 5, 2008
Hysterically Entertaining

Enchanted by the quagmires, challenges, and events that surround the lives of attorneys, media commentators, and entertainers?

Interested in the inside scoop on high profile cases, courtroom dramas, actors, players, and the personal boundaries that attorney's often face?

Want to read something that will make you laugh out loud, get teary eyed, stir your nerves, rock your views, and motivate you to live each day as you see fit?

If your answers are yes - then "How Can You Defend Those People" is a MUST READ! It's rare to find a book where readers are so moved by one man's life experiences! Mickey Sherman's accounts are so vividly cast and frankly depicted that they leave you yearning for more and wondering how all these interesting events could possibly have happened to one person! From Michael Skakel, OJ Simpson, Scott Peterson, Martha Stewart, the Menedez brothers ... to the quite unknown yet poignant story of Roger Ligon ... this book is well-written, exciting, and hysterically entertaining!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"How Can You Defend Those People" is the greatest new book for spring. After being written about in novels and on television shows, Mickey Sherman has finally penned his own story of his colorful and distinguished career. Mickey Sherman is a criminal defense attorney who is also a legal analyst for CBS and a frequent media commentator on legal issues for all the major networks. Having appeared regularly on NBC's "Today Show," CNN's "Larry King Live," "20/20," and many other news shows, Mickey has now written extensively for legal publications and has lectured nationwide on criminal law issues, as well as on the media coverage of them.

This book boldly explains how the famed attorney dealt with impossible cases and sometimes extremely impossible or difficult clients. But one thing is known in the legal world: Sherman's the man to hire when you are dealing with an impossible legal mission.

But those who have read this book all rave about Mickey's literary work. Bestselling author Dominick Dunne raves about "How Can You Defend Those People." Dunne, known as a victims' advocate, said, "I'll never agree with Mickey Sherman, but I must admit I really enjoyed his book. Underneath his sometimes fierce demeanor in the courtroom, Sherman is a witty man with an amiable personality, an expert story teller, and a lover of the law who fights hard for his clients."

Even TV legal powerhouse Nancy Grace raves about reading Mickey's book. She says of defense attorneys, "They are usually my natural enemy, but I enjoyed getting inside the brain of this defense attorney." Other fans of Sherman's work include the LAPD Chief, William J. Bratton and Oscar winning director, screenwriter and producer, Barry Levinson. But fans don't stop there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mickey Sherman, a renowned defense attorney, defends his profession against the rash of stereotypes held by the general public, usually using a heavy does of his good -- and wacky -- sense of humor in the process.

And, it's not just defending his profession. He looks at the practice of criminal law in general. This isn't a nuts-and-bolts, or a tell-all, just a description of how defense lawyers, judges, prosecutors and cops are all people -- and how those who are best people are usually the best in their line of work.

Filled with great anecdotes from an attorney who truly doesn't take himself too seriously, Mickey Sherman explains not only how he can defend "those guys," but, how you should be glad people like him defend "those guys."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book should be mandatory reading for criminal defense attorneys. It gets your head, your heart, and your ego in the right place. A light, quick and engaging read, it will crack you up again and again at the same time as imparting much insight. And then there's the chapter on the Roger Ligon case, the prep and trial of which is a model of unstinting hard work, commitment and brilliance by attorney Sherman. And it's cheap, you should buy a bunch of copies so you can hand them out the next time someone asks, "How can you defend those people?!"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written June 9, 2008
By Linda
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I've often asked myself "how can that lawyer defend that person". I guess sometimes I still wonder, but in our wonderful country every person has the right to be represented/defended in court. Sort of reminds me of hate the sin but love the sinner . . Can't love the sinner, but can accept the fact that he has the right to good legal counsel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!! April 20, 2009
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What a great book. If ever one wanted to crawl into the mind of a Criminal Defense Attorney to see what made them tick this is the book! "How Can You Defend Those People" asked many times and finally answered. Mickey Sherman not only answers this question but many other questions I have had regarding this profession, and alot more questions I didn't even know I had! Mr. Sherman writes in such a fashion that you feel as if you are sitting in a coffee house talking to an old friend and being educated at the same time. He touches on all the familiar feelings, happiness, sadness, humor, logic, tragedy and triumph and speaks in laymans terms without being insulting. Also, you learn that justice takes work, and that hardly anything is ever as it appears........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A fair read
If you can overlook the author's ego, he tells some interesting stories and shares some unique insights. I give it a "C."
Published 4 months ago by Gordon Hoy
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read till the end
I hate to be to critical of an otherwise great book with great wit and humor but it fell short towards the end. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Book I Ever Read!
I have read alot of books but this one caught me doing a 2nd read! It is honest, and also hysterical at times and also loaned it out to several people who absolutely loved this... Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Denise P. Edgren
5.0 out of 5 stars What an entertatining book!
I knew from seeing Mickey Sherman interviewed that he was a witty guy, but I had no idea what a colorful, fun book this was going to be. I laughed out loud a lot. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by A reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for nice people
My son (adult, thankfully) read this book first and warned me of very offensive language, so I did not read it and in fact threw it away rather than pass it on as I normally would. Read more
Published on October 19, 2010 by Virginia Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Mickey is icky.
I enjoy reading books about our law system, having read famous closing arguments, but Mickey Sherman's book fell short of the mark, in my opinion. Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by Pat S.
5.0 out of 5 stars mickey sherman
This is my cousin, His father was the singer/comedian alan sherman.
This is a wonderful book,I have not ever met him, but at some reunion I will. Read more
Published on August 23, 2010 by candyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, thought-provoking, and informative
I first read the Kindle version of How Can You Defend Those People and then bought a used copy to keep in my library. First of all, Mickey Sherman is really funny. Read more
Published on April 1, 2010 by S. E. Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars "Simply Perfect!"
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mickey when I worked in a Law firm down the street from Sherman & Richichi. Read more
Published on June 5, 2009 by Sammie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Informative Read
I did not want to turn the last page of this book and have it end. I was so drawn into the stories of these ordinary people and how a criminal defense attorney's mind works in... Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by Sharon A. Mann
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