Monday, September 17, 2007

And Justice for Some by Wendy Murphy

Renowned victims advocate, law professor, and legal analyst (CSNBC, ABC) Wendy Murphy, has just released her book, And Justice for Some. I have had the privilege of working with Wendy on several projects during my law school career and had the further privilege of introducing her at her book release party. Her career has been so inspiring to me personally because she has an unstoppable passion for victims' rights. She is truly a voice for them which she has never compromised or shied away from. That is an accomplishment in and of itself because oftentimes it is not welcome in the legal community and usually recognized with a guffaw or a roll of the eyes. If you are interested in how the legal system really works, read this book. I'm halfway through and I am impressed by her writing style and also her courage in calling judges and defense attorneys to the mat on their decisions and trial tactics.

Here's a description of the book from

"When Wendy Murphy was a young prosecutor, she learned that the deck is stacked in favor of criminal defendants. Between their arrest and (potential) conviction, murderers, rapists, and drug dealers get more than a fair shake—they get an unfair advantage, often at the expense of their victims. In many states, for instance, defendants can subpoena a victim’s private medical and counseling files, without any justification. They can threaten victims with brutal cross-examinations if they dare to testify. They can put on "dog and pony show" defenses that have nothing to do with the truth—and even lie under oath with virtually no risk of being prosecuted for perjury. These kinds of injustices make Murphy fighting mad. She’s made it her mission to help the victims who get the least protection from our twisted legal system. And in her first book, she guides readers through one horror story after another about judges and lawyers who bend over backward to let the worst offenders go free. You’ll meet judges who unapologetically declare that they care more about their liberal ideology than about the pain and suffering of abuse victims. Judges who let child molesters walk free because they’re "too frail" to go to prison. Defense attorneys who take big money from wealthy child molesters, then twist the Bill of Rights beyond recognition. And even a few prosecutors who go easy on criminals for their own selfish reasons. Murphy’s true stories will shock you, but they will also inspire you to join the fight for a more rational system. This is an important book that is sure to infuriate America’s legal establishment."

You can purchase the book online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ebooks, etc.