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ABOVE THE LAW: Secret Deals, Political Fixes, and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice Hardcover – January 22, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Former New York Times reporter Burnham, who has investigated the Internal Revenue Service (A Law unto Itself), here offers a meandering, anecdotal survey of scandal and questionable practices, both past and present, within the vast U.S. Department of Justice. Justice includes not only agencies such as the FBI, the DEA and the INS but also the Attorney General and the 93 U.S. attorneys distributed around the country. The author's main conclusion: the department remains underscrutinized, which allows this "chaotic, slipshod, almost medieval institution" to ignore certain responsibilities and follow political pressure. Among his arguments: federal officials exaggerate crime statistics to promote their political agendas; the availability of high-tech equipment will allow federal gumshoes to act on "ever higher levels of official paranoia"; a mix of class bias, political deals and bad laws has kept the department from truly prosecuting white-collar crime. Though unwieldy, this book remains a potent call for reform.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Independent investigative reporter Burnham has shifted his sights from the Internal Revenue Service, the subject of his previous book, A Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics and the IRS (LJ 3/1/90), to the Department of Justice. Here, he builds a solid case for the reform of the department's structure and of the political considerations governing its appointments and activities. Readers will be fascinated by his revelations of abuse in the service of administrations of both political parties. However, it is the author's application of modern methods of statistical analysis to quantify the department's operation that transform this book from expose to serious study. Above the Law is a balanced, convincing, and well-documented depiction of the Justice Department as an agency in drastic need of oversight and redefinition. Recommended.?Suzanne Pierce Dyer, Alameda Cty. Law Lib., Oakland, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner; 1st edition (January 22, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 444 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0684806991
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0684806990
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.35 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
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