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Vol 23 No 1 Jan/Feb 2018

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The Law of Privilege

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Out of Order New ed

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ISBN13: 9780465053759
ISBN: 0465053750
Published: November 1999
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Format: Paperback
Price: £13.99

This hardhitting book reminds us of an obvious but often overlooked reason for the failure of our judicial system: judges. Max Boot talks about the problem of judges who are too lenient; discusses the failure of judges to protect children and battered spouses; and explores the abuse of the civil justice system, especially in liability cases that ruin businesses and deprive the public of valuable goods and services. Hear about the judge who got busted for selling crack? What about the judge who released from jail a felon who then promptly killed a rookie cop? Or the one who ordered a prison to supply its inmates with hot pots?In Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench , investigative reporter Max Boot documents dozens of stories like these as he blows the whistle on the least publicized, the most destructive, branch of the governmentthe compelling statistics to support his belief that judges have greatly damaged both the criminal and civil justice systems. Boot criticizes well-known judges like Lance Ito, who presided over the O.;J.;Simpson follies, and Harold Baer, the New York judge who initially decided to exclude from evidence eighty pounds of drugs because he found nothing unusual about a courier fleeing from the cops. He reveals judges who have taken advantage of their office not only for personal gain, but also to gain greater political power.;The juristocracy, as Boot calls it, has taken over the running of schools, prisons, and other institutions, with disastrous results: forced busing, which has led to white flight from inner-city schools; higher taxes, as judges have ordered more government spending, regardless of results; and greater social divisions, because judges have taken controversial issues like abortion out of the political arena. Rundowns of case after case reveal judges who have routinely overturned popular initiatives without legal right to do so, implemented controversial policies with no basis in law, and put millions of dollars into the pockets of undeserving plaintiffs.;Following in the footsteps of the bestselling Death of Common Sense and Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Out of Order is a tightly reported, highly opinionated expose that should set off a national debate about the woeful state of our legal system. It also offers hope, by providing ways to improve the performance of the judiciary and reclaim its original role as servant of the people.

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Introduction; The Injudicious Judiciary: Judges Who Are Incompetent and Out of Control; Perverse Failures: Judges Who Dont Put Criminals Where They Belong; Criminal Exoneration: Judges Who Let Lawbreakers off the Hook; Juristocracy: The Unelected Legislature; Juristocracy II: Government by Decree; The Civil Injustice System: Judges Who Allow Outrageous Liability Awards; Justice for Rent: Judges Who Are Ethically Challenged; Dethroning the Juristocracy: How to Deal with Judges Who Are Too Activist and with Those Not Activist Enough.