Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench

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Basic Books, 1998 - Law - 252 pages
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Hear about the judge who got busted for selling crack? What about the judge who released from jail a felon who then promptly killed a rookie cop? Or the one who ordered a prison to supply its inmates with hot pots?

In "Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench, " investigate reporter Max Boot documents dozens of stories like these as he blows the whistle on the least publicized, the most destructive, branch of the government'the judiciary. He combines shocking anecdotes with compelling statics to support his belief that judges have greatly damaged both the criminal and civil justice system.

Boot criticized well-known judges like Lance Ito, who presided over the O.J. Simpson follies, and Harold Baer, the New York judge who initially decided to execute from evidence eighty pounds of drugs because he found nothing "unusual" about a courier fleeing from the cops. He reveals judges who have taken advantages of their office not only for personal gain, but also to gain greater political power.

The "juristocracy, " as Boot calls it, has taken over the running of schools, prisons, and other institutions, with disastrous results: forced busing, which has led to white flight from inner-city schools; higher taxes, as judges have ordered more government spending, regardless of results; and greater social divisions, because judges have taken controversial issues like abortion out of the political arena. Rundowns of case after case reveal judges who have routinely overturned popular initiatives without the legal right to do so, implemented controversial policies with no basis in law, and has put millions of dollars into the pockets of undeserving plaintiffs.

Following in the footsteps of the bestselling "Death of Common Sense" and "Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Out of Order" is a tightly reported highly opinionated expose tat should set off a national debate about the woeful state of our legal system. It also offers you hope, by provoking ways to improve the performance of the judiciary and reclaim original role as servant of the people.

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OUT OF ORDER: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench

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A one-stop store of conservative complaints about the judiciary; in trying to eliminate lemons, the author mixes oranges and apples. "We need more public criticism and exposure to hold judges ... Read full review

Out of order: arrogance, corruption and incompetence on the bench

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Boot, editorial features editor for the Wall Street Journal, finds judges to be incompetent and corrupt; abusive of the particular trust that comes with their office, they advocate unacceptable social ... Read full review


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A Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a renowned military historian, Max Boot is a regular contributor to the "Wall Street Journal". The author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New", he lives in New York.

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