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Rebel In The Courtroom Paperback – April 19, 2011
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But in the midst of the meandering you stumble on bright pearls of philosophy and economics. And you get an insiders perspective - a rebel insider's perspective - on the realities of the legal system and its tight relationship with crony capitalism. You get some advice on how court cases are really won and lost.
That's all nice, but that's not what makes the book so remarkable. What's remarkable is the story itself.
Waxman went into the legal profession as a young, naive, hard-charging idealist prone to fits of self-righteous anger (like I said, the book is personal. You learn a lot about the writer!). And he does so at just the right time and place - Chicago in the late 1960s - so that he would unwittingly be brought into a number of high profile cases with political implications. These would open his eyes to the inner workings of "the Man," that intricate web of power holders in local, state, and federal government, in the police, and in the courts.
At the beginning of his career, Waxman was appointed lawyer to defend the spy sent by the FBI to infiltrate Chicago's office of the Black Panther Party, an infiltration that resulted in the murder of rising Panther leader Fred Hampton. The fascist shenanigans of (to coin a phrase) the governmental-judicial complex that Waxman experienced firsthand in this and subsequent Chicago trials are, I think we can safely assume, not taught in law school. And much of it has not been revealed in print.Read more ›
I am including my review and I have read Sheldon Waxman's book, grown up in Holland,Mi. my small town experience with attorneys is very different than the big Chicago attorneys, where everyone specializes, here the attorneys have a small specialty, real estate, criminal mainly DUI's and assualt and battery, his book was agenuine eye open opener for the city of Chicago and one attorneys battle to challenge the system, interesting reading thank you Denise Hosta, Holland, Mi
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Mr. Waxman has brought us into the courtroom, with a seat at the attorney table. There is a lot of information about court proceedings and the hanky panky within the whole court... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert D. Lamacki
Everything in Mr Waxmans book is accurate, chicago is the most corrupt city in the country, They call it the "machine" this means everybody in the state is corrupt. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer