READY FOR THE PLAINTIFF by Melvin Belli

READY FOR THE PLAINTIFF

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Robert Wallace wrote a book called Life and Limb (see report p. 686- last fall) which was Belli's story as a personal injury lawyer. Now Melvin Belli tells his own story- and at the same time makes a dramatic plea for personal injury law as such. This is fascinating reading for the layman who is rapidly convinced that the day may come when he may be the victim of a ""tort""; and for the budding lawyer, whose study of torts has proved the biggest hurdle in his legal training, this should be a bonanza. For here point by point is illustrated by cases out of Melvin Belli's extraordinary career. Victims of bankrupting catastrophe, physical, mental, economic, are the stuff of which his cases are made- and the book is crammed with their stories. In the course, the layman gets background data on kinds of cases; value- and limitations- of insurance company operation; variety of suits, workman's compensation; cases involving common carriers; statute of limitations; slander and libel; problems of delays in justice; juries- their selection and handling; the presentation of the case and the summing up, and so on. It is for most of us a different world. Melvin Belli makes one realize the importance of looking behind the scene.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1956
Publisher: Holt