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Defending the accused : stories from the courtroom
Wormser, Richard, 1933-
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New York : F. Watts, [2001]

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127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Presents case histories that illustrate the role of and techniques used by defense lawyers in the American judicial system.
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KF9646.Z9 W67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Drawing from original interviews and trial transcripts, the author takes readers into the courtrooms of six different cases. A fascinating cross-section includes a murder trial with a court-appointed lawyer, a juvenile case of sexual harassment, and a death-penalty case that goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9-12. In his introduction, Wormser poses the question often asked of defense attorneys: "How can you defend those people?" His initial answer isn't entirely satisfactory, but by the end of his book, readers have a clearer, broader vision of what defense lawyers do, and why they do it, even if they know their client is guilty. Six chapters cover actual trials, exemplifying the often insurmountable odds these attorneys face. Some familiar names are mentioned, but even if names are not well-known, Wormser often provides such meticulously detailed accounts readers come to see defendants as human beings rather than simply murderers, rapists, and statistics. That attention to specifics, including photos and word-for-word segments of the proceedings, gives the book a sense of urgency and relevance, and in the process of presenting the issues, Wormser comes as close as possible to answering that familiar loaded question. Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-"If accused of a crime, everyone in society, no matter what the charge, is entitled to a defense attorney," says Wormser. He draws on original interviews and trial transcripts from six criminal cases to show the role of the defense attorney. One chapter treats the use of DNA evidence in the O. J. Simpson trial. One case involves a 10-year-old boy who was accused of inappropriately touching a female student. The writing is lively and accessible; the black-and-white photos are of average quality. The book will appeal to fans of the courtroom drama, who will gain insight into the work defense attorneys perform in the face of scrutiny and criticism. This solid introduction to the subject will stimulate class discussion.-Victoria Kidd, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.