Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Law - 352 pages
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Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight - until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn't commit. The Volokh Conspiracy calls Butler's account of his trial ''the most riveting first chapter I have ever read.'' In a book Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree calls ''a must read, '' Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system - as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police - and explores what ''doing the right thing'' means in a corrupt system. Since Let's Get Free's publication, Butler has become the go-to person for commentary on criminal justice and race relations: he appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, and Fox News, published op-eds in the New York Times, and other national papers, and is in demand to speak across the country. The paperback edition brings Butler's groundbreaking and highly controversial arguments - jury nullification (voting ''not guilty'' in drug cases as a form of protest), just saying ''no'' when the police request your permission to search, and refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor - to a whole new audience.
 

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User Review  - schraubd - LibraryThing

Let's Get Free is the first book by Paul Butler, a George Washington University law professor and former prosecutor who has since made it his professional mission to try and reform what he came to ... Read full review

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Butler, a former prosecutor, writes eloquently about why he stopped being a prosecutor, a role in which he often prosecuted other black men and served, he feels, to legitimate the system that ... Read full review

Contents

Justice on Drugs 35 2 Safety First Why Mass Incarceration Matters
62
Jury Duty Power to the People
85
Patriot Acts Dont Be a Snitch Do Be a Witness
119
Should Good People Be Prosecutors?
152
A HipHop Theory of Justice
184
Droppin Science HighTech Justice
218
The Beautiful Struggle Seven Ways to Take Back
246
NOTES
275
Front Cover Flap
334
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Paul Butler is a Consultant Radiologist at The Royal London Hospital, London, UK.

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