CHEATING JUSTICE by Elizabeth Holtzman


How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution, and What We Can Do About It
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A searing indictment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and their betrayal of the American people.

Holtzman, who served on the House Judiciary Committee during the proceedings against Richard Nixon, and lawyer/journalist Cooper (The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens, 2006, etc.) explain why and how Bush and Cheney should be charged with crimes against the nation and convicted by a judge, jury or Congress—or all of the above. Their indictment is grounded in specific laws, which they ably explain for a non-lawyer readership. These include the False Statements Accountability Act of 1996 and Title 18, Section 371 of the U.S. Code, which sets out the parameters of conspiracy to defraud the United States through deceit. The authors duly cover the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the torture of arrestees during the so-called War on Terror and the wiretapping of American citizens. In addition to explaining why Bush and Cheney should be prosecuted in the United States, the authors set out the argument for governments of other nations to prosecute the former president and vice president. Without prosecutions at home and abroad, Holtzman and Cooper write, the rule of the law is meaningless. For the most part, the authors avoid discussion about the likelihood of Bush and Cheney being held accountable in court, and common sense suggests that with each passing year, such prosecutions become increasingly unlikely. However, Holtzman and Cooper note two groups that faced trial decades after their transgressions: civil-rights violators and Nazi war criminals.

A passionate book grounded in law.

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0321-3
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Beacon
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2011


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