Franklin

The nonsense factory : the making and breaking of the American legal system / Bruce Cannon Gibney.

Author/Creator:
Gibney, Bruce author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
xxxvii, 504 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Law -- United States.
Justice, Administration of -- United States.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Law.
United States.
Summary:
An examination of how over the past eighty years the legal system has increasingly confused quantity with quality and might with legitimacy. As the law bloats into chaos, it staggers only by excusing itself from the very commands it insists that we obey, leaving Americans victim to arbitrary, unconstitutional power. By examining the system as a whole, Gibney shows that the tragedies often portrays as isolated mistakes or the work of a few bad actors--police misconduct, prosecutorial overreach, and the outrages of imperial presidencies--are really the inevitable consequences of law's descent into lawlessness.
Contents:
Preface: The exception is the rule
The value of law : more than just a nuisance
Jurisprudence : making and breaking law
Legal education : the school as scandal
Legislatures : outsourced sausage-making
Bureaucracy : empire by form
Judges : robots, umpires, or gods?
Arbitration : privatized justice
Legal economics : putting a price on priceless
Prosecutors and defenders : angels of vengeance and mercy
Police : the thick blue line
Proof : the evidence for evidence
Remedies : how many wrongs make a right?
Failing from the top down : imperial presidencies and constitutional erosion
Conclusion: Proposals modest and otherwise
Appendix: A binding illustration of why people hate the law.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 390-489) and index.
ISBN:
9780316475266
0316475262
9780316475529
OCLC:
1051134157
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