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The Districts by Johnny Dwyer
Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781101946541
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“If the courtroom is a theater, then The Districts is a backstage tour. In this magisterial anatomy of our criminal justice system, Johnny Dwyer punctures the dispassionate edifice of the institutions that administer criminal law to reveal the rousing and often messy human drama behind them. In a series of unforgettable stories about the lawyers, litigants and judges who face off in our federal courts, told in the kind of pointillist detail that can only come from years of hanging around the courthouse and doing old-school shoe-leather reporting, Dwyer presents a vivid tapestry of ambition, crime, punishment, and impunity.”
—Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing

“Illuminating… Dwyer skillfully explains complex federal statutes, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and traces shifting definitions of what constitutes criminal conduct in insider trading cases. Ultimately, he leaves it up to readers to decide whether justice is being served, but his balanced, sympathetic account demystifies and humanizes the criminal justice system.”
⁠—Publishers Weekly

“This well-documented, timely book will hold readers’ attention.”
⁠—Kirkus Reviews

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