The Defense is Ready: Life in the Trenches of Criminal Law

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Simon & Schuster, 1997 - Law - 314 pages
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The Defense Is Ready is about the making of a passionately committed American defense lawyer who believes that everyone accused of a crime, no matter how heinous, is entitled to a vigorous defense of his rights against the overwhelming power of a frequently callous state. Leslie Abramson's journey from eager young law clerk to one of the nation's premier homicide attorneys involved some of the most difficult and notorious criminal cases of the last two decades. Among those she describes with a frank insider's eye are the Bob's Big Boy case, which involved the murders of employees and patrons during the robbery of a popular Los Angeles restaurant; the Chinatown trial in which defense sleuthing finally unraveled the mystery that surrounded the slaying of one police officer and the wounding of another by young Chinese gang members; and the startling acquittal she won for an immigrant Pakistani doctor accused of murdering and dismembering his own young son. Finally, Abramson describes the series of disturbing and thought-provoking trials in which she undertook the defense of battered wives and abused children ultimately driven to kill their tormentors. Most celebrated among these were the two death penalty murder trials in which she represented Erik Menendez, who, along with his brother, killed his parents after years of sexual and emotional abuse.

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THE DEFENSE IS READY: Life in the Trenches of Criminal Law

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Erik Menendez's defense attorney proves why she's one of the best in the business. For 20 years predating her controversial representation of the younger Menendez brother, Abramson worked on behalf of ... Read full review

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In her trademark no-holds-barred style, defense attorney Abramson delivers a fascinating, blistering attack on her foes in and out of the courtroom, naming names and blasting the media. Her book ... Read full review


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Pierre Franey was the executive chef of the legendary restaurants Le Pavilion and La Cote Basque in New York City and created the "60-Minute Gourmet" column in the New York Times. He has written Fourteen books, including his recently published memoir, A Chef's Tale: A Memoir of Food, France and America. Pierre Franey's Cooking in France is his third series for public television. He lives with his wife in East Hampton, Long Island, and New York City.
Richard Flaste spent twenty-eight years with the New York Times in various positions, including science and health editor and deputy editor of the Sunday Book Review. He has collaborated on Four other books with Pierre Franey, including Pierre Franey's Cooking in America. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.

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