Broken Justice: A True Story of Race, Sex and Revenge in a Boston Courtroom

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Broken Justice is a true story about Dr. Ken Edelin, a young, black doctor who arrived in Boston in 1971 to do his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital. In April 1974 he was three months away from completing his residency when he was indicted on a charge of manslaughter by a secret Grand Jury. The indictment concerned an abortion he had performed on a 17, and the alleged victim washer aborted fetus. The indictment was sought by an over zealous, anti-abortion prosecutor and ...
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Overview

Broken Justice is a true story about Dr. Ken Edelin, a young, black doctor who arrived in Boston in 1971 to do his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital. In April 1974 he was three months away from completing his residency when he was indicted on a charge of manslaughter by a secret Grand Jury. The indictment concerned an abortion he had performed on a 17, and the alleged victim washer aborted fetus. The indictment was sought by an over zealous, anti-abortion prosecutor and because of the racial, political and religious climate which existed in Boston the indictment received national and international attention. In January of 1975 his sensational six week trial began before a jury which was all white, predominantly male and overwhelmingly Catholic. The dynamic confluences of race, sex and revenge played out in a Boston courtroom. The book reveals, for the first time, the maneuverings and conflicts which went on behind the scenes during the time leading up to the trial and during the trial itself. The bitter determination of the prosecuting attorney to impose his personal religious views as the law of the land provides important lessons as we struggle to reach a new social compact for the 21st Century; equal rights for people of both sexes and all races remains central to our national debate. The Supreme Court has recently handed down a landmark decision, intervening in the abortion debate to decree what medical procedure a doctor may or may not use in considering the health and well-being of women seeking legal abortions. The strategy used to get this Supreme Court sanctioned law passed and signedis the same strategy used to indict and try Dr. Edelinmore than 30 years ago.For everyone who cares about civil and reproductive rights, this is an important book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979206009
  • Publisher: PondView Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 731,794
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin received his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York City, and his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. After a tour of duty in the United States Air Force, he received his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital, and became the first African American to become Chief Resident in the history of the department. Five years after completing his residency, Dr. Edelin became Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), a position he held until 1989. He was Associate Dean of Students and Minority Affairs at BUSM from 1989 until his retirement in 2006. Currently he is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University.From 1989 to 1992 he was the Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the largest private family planning agency in the country, with over 900 family planning clinics nationwide. Dr. Edelin was Chairman of the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Committee on Ethics and Discipline of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is a member of the National Board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha -the Honor Medical Society, and has been listed in Who s Who in America, Who s Who Among Black Americans and Who s Who in the World. He has received the Good Guy Award from the National Women s Political Caucus, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Medical Association and was named One of America s Leading Black Doctors by BlackEnterprise Magazine.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Foreword     ix
Prologue     xi
The Road to Boston     1
Birth Control Banned in Boston     7
Boston City Hospital     9
New Life     13
The Chief and the Master     14
Transformation: Year One     18
The Committee     20
The Chief     23
Abortion     26
See One, Do One, Teach One: The Story of Jim Lloyd     34
Control     43
The Year of Roe     47
Chief Resident     52
The Boston City Council     62
Evonne     74
The Grand Jury     87
William Perkins Homans     98
The Kenneth Edelin Defense Fund     106
Smoking Out the Fox     117
A New Year     131
Photos     132
The Jury Pool     144
The Chosen     155
The Opening Arguments     161
Flanagan's Case     168
Enrique Gimenez Jimeno     191
Flanagan's Experts: A Neighbor, A Demon and a Couple of Rodents     210
Our Turn     239
My Story     243
In Defense of Myself     253
Battling Flanagan     267
Eyewitnesses     278
Experts     288
Trial Day 27     307
Bill's Closing Arguments     311
Flanagan's Final Assault     316
McGuire's Instructions     322
The Verdict     328
Deliberations     335
The Appeal     346
Epilogue     358
Index     361
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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Well written real life drama

    I love this book! It is extremely well written. It reads like a novel but it's a true story. Engaging. Great choice for all young physicians and medical students looking to get a perspective on how far medicine has come and how far we have yet to go. This book will also be enjoyed by non-medical readers. Brings health disparities sharply into focus and makes the reader think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    A Thrilling Courtroom Page Turner

    In this gripping memoir Dr. Ken Edelin recounts his famous 1975 abortion trial. A conniving district attorney charged him with manslaughter in the death of a fetus during a legal abortion. He went on trial in what was considered a test case for the future of women¿s rights. Edelin describes the case splendidly, providing a brief history of abortion as well as giving background on Boston¿s roiling chaos in the early `70s.

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