After the Madness: A Judge's Own Prison Memoir

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Random House, 1997 - Social Science - 369 pages
In the course of a year, Sol Wachtler went from being New York's top judge to the very bottom of the criminal justice system, assigned to solitary confinement in a federal prison. Poignant, gripping, and unflinching in its honesty, Wachtler's memoir is a warning from America's most dangerous realm and a revealing account of what prison does to individuals.

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By turns absorbing, self-pitying, and intentionally (and unintentionally) amusing, former New York State chief judge Wachtler's memoir recounts a journey through hell—a prison term for charges ... Read full review


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Sol Wachtler served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1968-1972) and Judge of New York's highest court, The New York Court of Appeals (1973-1992). In 1985 he was appointed Chief Judge of that court and Chief Judge of the State of New York. An honor graduate of Washington and Lee University and its law school, he has been awarded thirteen honorary Doctor of Law Degrees and has been a scholar in residence at several law schools. He authored the book After the Madness (Random House) and was a critic at large for The New Yorker magazine. He is currently a Professor of Law at Touro Law School.

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