After the Madness

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E-Rights/E-Reads Limited, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Driving down the Long Island Expressway in November of 1992, Sol Wachtler was New York's Chief Judge and heir apparent to the New York Governorship. Suddenly, three van loads of FBI agents swerved in front of him--bringing his car and his legal career to a halt. Wachtler's subsequent arrest, conviction and incarceration for harassing his longtime lover precipitated a media feeding frenzy, revealing to the world his struggles with romantic obsession, manic-depression and drug abuse. In this, his prison diary, Wachtler reveals the stark reality behind his vertiginous fall from the heights of the legal establishment to the underbelly of the criminal justice system. Sentenced to a medium security prison in Butner, North Carolina, Wachtler is stabbed by an unseen assailant, berated by prison guards, and repeatedly placed in solitary confinement with no explanation. Moreover, as a prisoner he confronts first hand the inequities of a system that his judicial rulings helped to construct and befriends the type of people he once sentenced to prison. With unflinching honesty, Wachtler draws upon his unique experience of living life on both sides of the bench to paint a chilling portrait of prison life interwoven with a no-holds-barred analysis of the shortcomings of the American legal justice system.

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Review: After the Madness:: A Judge's Own Prison Memoir

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I remember when Wachtler fell from grace. I could relate to quite a bit in this book. Read full review

Review: After the Madness:: A Judge's Own Prison Memoir

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Intense account of Judge Wachtler's imprisonment after stalking ex mistress. Provides a hard look at the justice system -- thought provoking. Lots of fun characters in prison, also lots of sad cases ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

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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