School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7-10-Concise, readable introductions. In Lawyers, brief biographies give readers a glimpse into the human side of the justice system. Harmon's profiles include Abraham Lincoln, Alan Dershowitz, and Clarence Darrow. The author outlines the role of the defense attorney and the importance of thorough research and preparation for trial. A separate chapter addresses the role of the public defender and the groundbreaking 1963 case, Gideon v. Wainwright, that was important in ensuring legal counsel for individuals who could not afford it. Manaugh delves into the role judges play, the sentencing process, and sentencing reform. Readers learn that although the law requires judges to be "impartial," their experiences can influence their decisions, and that many have been controversial. In both books, legal terms are defined and numerous references to actual cases and decisions keep the texts interesting. Average-quality, black-and-white photos and an occasional reproduction illustrate the volumes. These clearly written titles will be useful for reports and to general readers.-David M. Alperstein, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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