WITH JUSTICE FOR NONE: Destroying an American Myth by Gerry Spence

WITH JUSTICE FOR NONE: Destroying an American Myth

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From the crusading author of Murder and Madness (1983) and Trial by Fire (1986), an entertaining indictment of the American legal system. Once again, the renowned Wyoming trial lawyer paints himself as a modern Robin Hood. Chapter titles give an idea of Spence's opinions: "Law Schools--Factories"; "Law Students--Spare Parts for the Legal Machine": "Labor--People as Property, Workers as Slaves." Spence mixes vague but impassioned musings on injustice with more factual analyses of the tarnished image of lawyers, LSATS, law schools, and the process of choosing judges, but his big targets are insurance companies and corporations: "The American trial lawyer remains the single remaining barrier standing between the average citizen and his total subjugation by the corporate oligarchy." With scorn for corporate largesse, he tells of the Cravath, Swaine & Moore lawyer who was able to bill his client, IBM, for a 27-hour workday because he worked on a plane that crossed three time zones on the way to California. There is lots of such homey, anecdotal fun here, and Spence exploits his gift for storytelling in narratives of cases he's handled over the years. Swept along by his eloquent speeches, it is only with pause that one wonders what Spence is building here--an argument, a reputation, or a business. Likely all three. Full of excerpts from his letters, public appearances, court cases, and personal memos, this crafty and persuasive work is a marvellous achievement in self-promotion.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1989
ISBN: 8129-1696-4
Publisher: Times/Henry Holt
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