- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Encounter Books (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594035229
- ISBN-13: 978-1594035227
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
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Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent Paperback – June 7, 2011
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Despite all the positives in the book, while reading it I very often found myself wishing that Silverglate had a better editor. To put it simply, the book was not crafted well and is not a good piece of writing. Additionally, I often found that Silverglate sounds more like a lawyer advocating for a client than an uninterested author. The facts as Silverglate presents them are at times so blatantly one-sided that it distracts from the very valid thesis of the book. Nevertheless, despite these issues, because the issues detailed in the book are so important I recommend it.
Even if you haven't committed a crime, by the time the DOJ is finished freezing your assets (so you can't afford adequate defense), harass your friends and family (to get them to turn on you... and even threaten them with their own indictments), feed false information to the media and ruin your reputation, career, social life, etc., you're going to want to plea bargain... no matter how innocent you are.
Silverglate illustrates how the American justice system has been warped in recent decades by taking the reader through cases in which honest doctors, corporate executives, politicians, accountants, lawyers, and journalists have fallen victim to rogue prosecutors who have bent vague laws to go after innocent people in some cases simply because they don't like them very much.
Other current problems in our justice system called attention to by the author include coerced plea bargains in return for testimony against higher-ranking officials and the targeting of lawyers simply for performing their duties pursuant to the American adversarial system of justice.
Silverglate closes by offering solutions to the problems described. Correcting the imbalances in our justice system is essential to the health of our society--if unethical prosecutors are allowed to harass with impunity people who perform valuable jobs in medicine, business, and politics, it will give many talented people reasons not to enter those fields. "Three Felonies a Day" also contains a great foreword by Alan Dershowitz, and this volume hopefully will lead to corrections of some of the abuses that have cropped up in recent decades in our justice system.