Law Street: America’s Dysfunctional and Sometimes Corrupt Legal System

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iUniverse, Jun 14, 2011 - Law - 276 pages
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The American legal system is far from perfect. High standards of fairness and equal justice for all are lacking, and conflicts of interest are an integral part of the system’s practitioners. In Law Street, author Wim J.M. Touw discusses the ills of the American legal system and investigates the roots of its dysfunction.

In his analysis Touw argues that American lawyers have lost their moral and ethical moorings; he provides a unique perspective of how American lawyers have manipulated the British common law system for their own financial benefit or to advance their careers. He compares the legal system of the United States with systems in the world’s foremost democracies to illustrate how American jurisprudence has strayed from its mission. Finally, he examines the criminal law system that puts innocent people in jail and explains in detail how the tort system, the contingency fee, and the “loser pays” laws have turned the once noble profession of lawyering into a profitable, unregulated business corrupting the legal process. Touw argues that what is good for Wall Street is good for Law Street and explains why American bar associations do not provide proper oversight.

With thorough explanations and examples, Law Street tells a story about serious flaws in the American legal system and provides a wake-up call for America’s dysfunctional and often corrupt legal system.

 

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Contents

CIVIL LAW
65
OVERSIGHT AND REFORM
185
Postscript
207
Selected Bibliography
211
Appendix I Child Abuse Cases
215
Index
225
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