Opening Arguments

Author: Jeffrey Toobin

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0525434453

Category: Law

Page: 384

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In January of 1987 Jeffrey Toobin is fresh out of Harvard Law School, and appointed the youngest lawyer on Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's team to investigate and try the leading figure in the Iran-Contra affair--Oliver North. For twenty-eight thrilling months, Toobin served on Walsh's staff and came of age into his profession. Toobin's first book and immersive account of that period is the story of a young man's awakening to the realities of law and a policial, legal and moral drama on a grand stage. Through this defining case of the 1980s--which featured obstruction of justice, diversion of funds, and personal corruption--Opening Arguments shows the judicial process at work. The Congressional Iran-Contra committees granted the key figures of the trial immunity, so Toobin and his colleagues had to work in the dark, without accesss to newspapers or television for weeks at a time. The Reagan Justice Department provided difficulties too. On page after page, Toobin illuminates these battles against long odds, portraying the climactic North trial itself with the eye of a novelist. Like a morality tale with few losers and no real winners, Bill Moyers calls Opening Arguments "a valuable account of how politics and law entwined in the Iran-Contra trials... Reading it can be a citizen's education, too."
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The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration

Author: Jack Goldsmith

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393069168

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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A central player's account of the clash between the rule of law and the necessity of defending America. Jack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush what he could and could not do...legally. Goldsmith took the job in October 2003 and began to review the work of his predecessors. Their opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, and he found many—especially those regulating the treatment and interrogation of prisoners—that were deeply flawed. Goldsmith is a conservative lawyer who understands the imperative of averting another 9/11. But his unflinching insistence that we abide by the law put him on a collision course with powerful figures in the administration. Goldsmith's fascinating analysis of parallel legal crises in the Lincoln and Roosevelt administrations shows why Bush's apparent indifference to human rights has damaged his presidency and, perhaps, his standing in history.
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Above the Law

Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice

Author: David Burnham

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497696852

Category: Law

Page: 444

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The U.S. Department of Justice is an institution of vast reach and power over the American people, with little oversight into its internal operations. This book examines the ways that attorneys general, FBI directors, federal prosecutors and other Justice Department officials have often abused their powers to achieve political goals rather than pursuing justice. Its warning remains as relevant in the digital post-9/11 era of the expanded national security state as it was in the days of J. Edgar Hoover.
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A Vast Conspiracy

The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President

Author: Jeffrey Toobin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 030782912X

Category: Law

Page: 448

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In A Vast Conspiracy, the best-selling author of The Run of His Life casts an insightful, unbiased eye over the most extraordinary public saga of our time -- the Clinton sex scandals. A superlative journalist known for the skillfulness of his investigating and the power of his writing, Jeffrey Toobin tells the unlikely story of the events that began over doughnuts in a Little Rock hotel and ended on the floor of the United States Senate, with only the second vote on Presidential removal in American history. This is an entirely fresh look at the scandal that very nearly brought down a president. Packed with news-making disclosures and secret documents published here for the first time, Toobin unravels the three strands of a national scandal - those leading from Paula Jones, Kenneth Starr, and Monica Lewinsky - that created a legal, personal, and political disaster for Bill Clinton. A Vast Conspiracy is written with the narrative drive of a sensational (if improbable) legal thriller, and Toobin brilliantly explores the high principle and low comedy that were the hallmarks of the story. From Tripp to Goldberg, Isikoff to Hyde, the complex and tangled motivations behind the scandal are laid bare. While misguided, outlandish behavior was played out at the very highest level, Toobin analyzes the facts and the key figures with a level of dignity and insight that this story has not yet received. The Clinton scandals will shape forever how we think about the signature issues of our day -- sex and sexual harassment, privacy and perjury, civil rights, and, yes, cigars. Toobin's book will shape forever how we think about the Clinton scandals.
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Convictions

A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves

Author: John Kroger

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374100155

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 466

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A former federal prosecutor who served on the justice department's Enron task force traces his contributions to high-profile cases involving organized crime leaders, drug kingpins, and other dangerous criminals, in a career marked by ethical conflicts and his witness to flaws in the nation's legal system.
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Barrister

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Too Close to Call

The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election

Author: Jeffrey Toobin

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0375761071

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 1939

In an insightful study of the 2000 presidential election, the best-selling author of A Vast Conspiracy sheds light on the diverse personalities and the complex issues of race, sex, and power involved in the post-election battle and offers a lucid account of the events, legal complications, and implications of the thirty-six-day struggle to determine who would lead the country. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
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California Lawyer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bar associations

Page: N.A

View: 1964

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The Run of His Life

The People V. O. J. Simpson

Author: Jeffrey Toobin

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 081298854X

Category: History

Page: 496

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An eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at the "crime of the century" and the legal proceedings that followed sheds new light on the arrest and trial of O. J. Simpson, the evidence in the case, and the role of the prosecution and defense. 100,000 first printing. Tour.
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National Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Legislation

Page: N.A

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Commentaries

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Nine

Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

Author: Jeffrey Toobin

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307472892

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court’s history and the trajectory of its future, Jeffrey Toobin creates in The Nine a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.
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Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America

Author: Sebastian Huhn,Hannes Warnecke-Berger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 134995067X

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

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This book highlights historical explanations to and roots of present phenomena of violence, insecurity, and law enforcement in Central America. Violence and crime are among the most discussed topics in Central America today, and sensationalism and fear of crime is as present as the increase of private security, the re-militarization of law enforcement, political populism, and mano dura policies. The contributors to this volume discuss historical forms, paths, continuities, and changes of violence and its public and political discussion in the region. This book thus offers in-depth analysis of different patterns of violence, their reproduction over time, their articulation in the present, and finally their discursive mobilization.
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Exit with Honor

The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan

Author: William E. Pemberton

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765631558

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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Few presidents have sparked as much interest in recent years as Ronald Reagan, already the subject of a large number of biographies and specialized studies. This concise biography, based on the latest research into the Reagan archives and synthesis of the large memoir literature that has appeared in the past decade, explores the shaping of his values and beliefs during his childhood in the American heartland, his leadership of the American conservative movement, and his successful political career culminating in the first two-term presidency since Dwight Eisenhower. Pemberton finds Reagan's personal career and ability to understand and communicate with the American people admirable, but finds many of the long-term effects of his presidency harmful. This is the first complete survey of Reagan's life for a general audience, and the first book to make use of the Reagan Library archival sources.
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A History of the Supreme Court

Author: Bernard Schwartz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195093872

Category: History

Page: 465

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A comprehensive history of the United States Supreme Court from its ill-esteemed beginning in 1790 to one of the most important and controversial branches of the Federal government.
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John McCain

An American Odyssey

Author: Robert Timberg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416571889

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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From the Naval Academy to the POW camps of Vietnam to Capitol Hill and possibly to the White House -- one of America's most remarkable men In 1998, at the dedication of the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia, former Attorney General Griffin Bell, a Democrat, introduced Senator John McCain, the featured speaker and a Republican, with these words: "We often hear people now say, where are our heroes, where have all our heroes gone? Well, Senator McCain is an authentic, living American hero." So begins Robert Timberg's gripping and penetrating biography of Senator John McCain, the man who may someday be President of the United States. In John McCain: An American Odyssey, Timberg provides a riveting account of McCain's remarkable life -- from his rambunctious childhood and his madcap escapades as a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman to his grim experiences as a combat pilot and POW in Vietnam, where he was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for five and a half years. Most importantly, the author illuminates Senator McCain's postwar evolution into one of our country's most distinguished political leaders and a formidable presidential candidate. Inspired by the success of The Nightingale's Song (selected by The New York Times as a "Notable Book of the Year" in 1995 and by Time as one of that year's five best nonfiction books), John McCain: An American Odyssey probes more deeply into the life of this hugely colorful, straight-talking American original. It is a rich and captivating portrait of one of America's most fascinating and provocative public figures -- a man who has captured the imagination of millions of Americans and who will continue to be a most prominent figure on the American political landscape.
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