Rebel In The Courtroom Paperback – April 19, 2011
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1461102545
- ISBN-13 : 978-1461102540
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2011)
- Language: : English
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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.
Waxman's back stories to high profile court cases are what make this book a five star effort. But the aforementioned pearls are a nice bonus. Here's one of my favorites, a sweet and concise aphorism I've never heard before explaining the difference between America's three current ideologies.
Conservatives sacrifice civil rights to property rights.
Socialists sacrifice property rights to civil rights.
Libertarians recognize that property and civil rights are so tightly related that you can't sacrifice one without sacrificing the other. You can have both or neither. You can't have just one.