Rebooting Justice

Rebooting Justice

More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law

Book - 2017
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"America is a nation founded on justice and the rule of law. But our laws are too complex, and legal advice too expensive, for poor and even middle-class Americans to get help and vindicate their rights. Criminal defendants facing jail time may receive an appointed lawyer who is juggling hundreds of cases and immediately urges them to plead guilty. Civil litigants are even worse off; usually, they get no help at all navigating the maze of technical procedures and rules. The same is true of those seeking legal advice, like planning a will or negotiating an employment contract. Rebooting Justice presents a novel response to longstanding problems. The answer is to use technology and procedural innovation to simplify and change the process itself. In the civil and criminal courts where ordinary Americans appear the most, we should streamline complex procedures and assume that parties will not have a lawyer, rather than the other way around. We need a cheaper, simpler, faster justice system to control costs. We cannot untie the Gordian knot by adding more strands of rope; we need to cut it, to simplify it"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Encounter Books, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781594039331
159403933X
Branch Call Number: 347.73 B2853R 2017
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bibas, Stephanos

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StarGladiator
Sep 11, 2017

I'll be interested in reading and reviewing this book when it arrives, but the thesis sounds rather shaky from the description. The major problem today in America is the highly selective enforcing of existing laws: President Obama stood before the America public time after time and falsely proclaimed that the bankers broke no laws [Ref: The Case for the Corporate Death Penalty, by Mary Kreimer Ramirez and Chain of Title, by David Dayen] and we are witnessing Robert Swan Mueller III appointed as special prosecutor; a man who as US Attorney in Boston was involved in the prosecution of four innocent men who were later exonerated and court awarded $105 million [and when the case against them was falling apart, Mueller actively tried to keep them imprisoned !?!?]. Later, as FBI director, Mueller actively pursued an individual the court ruled was the wrong Anthrax assassin and he was awarded $5.8 million. Mueller has cost this nation and taxpayer many, many millions, going back to his bungling of the case against the BCCI and their US government connections, when Mueller was chief of the DoJ's criminal division during President Geoorge H. W. Bush's administration. Laws would work fine if there was an end to putting the criminals in positions of legal responsibility!

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