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Author Geoghegan, Thomas, 1949-

Title In America's court : how a civil lawyer who likes to settle stumbled into a criminal trial / Thomas Geoghegan.

Published New York : New Press, [2002]
©2002

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 UniM Store  345.7301 GEOG MF29    AVAILABLE
Physical description 206 pages ; 19 cm
Contents Introduction: "This Is Your Trial Date!" vii -- Part 1 Twenty-sixth and Cal -- 1. Les Enfants des ... Twenty-sixth and Cal 3 -- 2. A Pause in the Story 15 -- 3. New Clothes 16 -- 4. "What's Your Favorite Radio Station?" 19 -- 5. An Eerie Scream 34 -- 6. I Confess 36 -- 7. My Night at Bob's 42 -- 8. Calvin: Introduction to ... 44 -- 9. Opening 48 -- 10. Direct and Cross 51 -- 11. Cops 54 -- 12. Meet the Author 61 -- 13. State "Rests" 67 -- 14. Nice Guy 71 -- 15. A Cry (Part Two) 75 -- 16. And We Were Winning! 78 -- 17. My Third Day of Trial 83 -- 18. Why I Now Liked Ms. M. 89 -- 19. Charterhouse of Parma 91 -- 20. Rolando's Turn 95 -- 21. Moot Court 99 -- 22. What Scott Told the Jury 104 -- 23. Smartest Thing 108 -- 24. Let's Eat! 111 -- 25. A Dull Patch, in the Library 115 -- 26. A Table at Charlie Trotter's 118 -- 27. Scott's Beeper Goes Off 121 -- 28. We've Lost! 124 -- 29. Jury Has a Question 129 -- 30. Jury Has Another Question 132 -- 31. Above the Law 135 -- 32. When I Became "Adult" 137 -- 33. Big Day 139 -- 34. A Juror Speaks 148 -- 35. A Final Meal 153 -- Part 2 "That's Why You Go to Law School" -- 36. What I Tried After Rolando 157 -- 37. Ask Soros 162 -- 38. "Yes, I Admit, I'd Use the Courts for Social Change!" 167 -- 39. That's the Median? 170 -- 40. Levitation 175 -- 41. Inequality Is All the Rage 181 -- 42. Problem Is, It's All the Wheel 184 -- 43. Mysterious Meaning of Bush v. Gore 194.
Summary Twenty-sixth and Cal is the Cook County criminal court house in Chicago that labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan finds odd and surprising, despite his twenty years of practicing civil law. Geoghegan is accustomed to civil practice, in which "complex litigation" fades out slowly into settlement. Thus, when he is asked by a friend to assist in a criminal case he is unprepared for the much quicker folk justice of state criminal court. The case at hand is the defense of a twenty-two-year-old who, at age fifteen, was sentenced to forty years in prison for acting as the unarmed lookout in a botched holdup. Now there is a retrial, and Geoghegan must face the whims of jury selection, prosecutorial advantage, and the fact that one youth's life will be determined forever in just three days of court proceedings. In an America that now routinely imprisons kids as adults, he comes to see this small case as a basic test of human rights.
The case also leads Geoghegan to reevaluate his own career as a civil lawyer, and the ways he might use the law to effect social change. In America's Court argues that even now, despite the low comedy of so many lawyers' lives, we may be seeing the beginning of a new era of American law based on global human rights. Written with the author's trademark intelligence and humor, In America's Court is both a compelling narrative and a candid look at what kind of justice our society provides for its citizens.
Subject Geoghegan, Thomas, 1949-
Criminal courts -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Practice of law -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Lawyers -- United States -- Anecdotes.
ISBN 1565847326 (hc)