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Tried and Convicted: How Police, Prosecutors, and Judges Destroy Our Constitutional Rights

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In this book, Michael D. Cicchina, a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney, argues quite convincingly that fundamental constitutional liberties are under attach by criminal justice practitioners. ... [T]he author also makes a convincing argument that the right to privacy is a soft law that is routinely violated by governmental agents. ... This book is very eye opening and should be read by anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. It is a concise and well-written work that would make excellent supplemental reading material for virtually any undergraduate or graduate level course related to criminal law or criminal procedure. I strongly recommend this book. Once I opened it, I literally could not stop reading. (International Criminal Justice Review)

Cicchini puts the police, prosecutors and judges on trial—a highly entertaining turn of events! (Terry Rose, Rose & Rose Law Firm, Senior Partner, Rose & Rose Law Firm, “A” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s leading law directory, Named “Lawyer of the Year” by the ACLU of Wisconsin (1991))

In the contrarian spirit of political journalist Christopher Hitchens, Cicchini destroys the prevailing media-driven views on American justice. (Jay McRoy, Ph.D., professor and chair of English at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, author, Nightmare Japan and coeditor, Monstrous Adaptations)

Tried and Convicted brilliantly demonstrates why our constitutional rights are often not what they seem. Michael Cicchini has written a book that can instantly be understood by non-lawyers, but contains much that even practicing lawyers don't know. So you think you know your rights? Wait until you read this. (Matthew Flynn, senior partner, Quarles & Brady LLP; author, Pryme Knumber)

Hyperbole notwithstanding, Tried and Convicted may be the most insightful, raw, and unvarnished look into the criminal justice system, short of being charged with a crime. (Amy B. Kushner, Ph.D., coauthor, But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights!, contributing author, 101 Gangster Movies and 101 War Movies)

About the Author

Michael D. Cicchini, J.D., is a criminal defense lawyer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Based on his numerous trial wins in felony cases, he has been named among “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in Wisconsin by The National Trial Lawyers, and among “The Top Young Lawyers” in Wisconsin by Super Lawyers and Milwaukee Magazine. Cicchini is a coauthor of But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights! Myths, Oddities, and Lies About Our Legal System, and the author of numerous articles on criminal and constitutional law. He also founded The Legal Watchdog blog where he writes on legal and other topics. More information, including the full text of his articles and a link to The Legal Watchdog blog, can be found at www.CicchiniLaw.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442217170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442217171
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So you think your Constitutional rights are strong and inviolate? Think again. Read this arresting, topical and important book to have your eyes opened to the realities everyday people face when entering the maw of the criminal justice system. Cicchini is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and he knows what he's talking about. The book is concise. The prose is engaging. And it's highly readable. It's the stuff that should be taught in schools but isn't anymore. On Law Days across the country each year, lawyers should be talking about what's in this book and at long last, doing the hard work of educating our citizens about their rights and how to better protect themselves from the government.

Cicchini first lays out the nature of our constitutional rights. As he writes: ". . . aside from whether the Constitution is a mere technicality or not, the numerous protections it affords us throughout the criminal process are desperately needed -- even for the factually guilty -- to protect us against the ever-expanding power of government. The reality is that we live in a "tough on crime" environment that has escalated, in many ways, well beyond what is rational or even beneficial for society, and we citizens need all the protection we can get.
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Just got this book today and read it, sticky-noted it, and attempted to fully digest it within three hours. Could not put down - quite impressive and disturbing at the same time.

Discusses and analyzes each step of the soi disant "due process" for criminal defendants. The reader will be bombarded with blatant examples of how the criminal justice systems skews and twists the language intended to ensure a fair trial. Author is also quite gifted at using analogies to illustrate concepts that bedevil defendants at each stage of this jaded Markov Chain.

Would highly recommend this to any attorney and any would-be defendant (which with the language abused in interpreting statutes could be anyone). Although many of the cases cited are Wisconsin-based, there are several SCOTUS decisions that would be applicable to any jurisdiction. Furthermore I will go out on a lark and regrettably say that many of the Wisconsin cases would have parallels in other jurisdictions.

Finally to paraphrase the Dos Equis commercials, I don't often review a book for Amazon (about ten reviews out of two thousand books bought), but when I do I believe that it merits inclusion in the Canon of Essential Books.
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This book is both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. In my opinion, everyone should be aware of the rules and precedents that directly affect the real world use of your Constitutional rights in modern America.

You might wake up tomorrow and find yourself thrust into a situation where you truly need to know the information contained herein. It might be you, a family member or friend, or someone in your community. This book is simple and straightforward enough in that it leaves you with a very important take away that will remain long after the details will fade: give nothing away, it could cost you your freedom.

The book is replete with references, but does not read like a textbook, and keeps you reading.
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This is an excellent, easy to read and understand book that should be read by many. What Michael writes about is not common knowledge, because people in general, do not believe that "good folks" can get get caught up in the criminal justice system, but that is not true. The system, to justify its budgets, needs to prosecute and convict more and more people. The issues in this book are important and people need to be made aware of how our criminal justice system has lost all semblance of reasonableness and rationality, and consequently, distorted our Constitution and stolen our rights.
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