Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge

Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge

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by Frederic Block
     
 
Get a unique look at the life and trials of Federal District Court Judge Frederic Block, whose bench sits in the heart of New York City. The book was written for the general public in an effort to explain, in practical terms, the perspective behind some of the most newsworthy and sensational cases of the last 20 years. The Judge discusses the death penalty,

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Get a unique look at the life and trials of Federal District Court Judge Frederic Block, whose bench sits in the heart of New York City. The book was written for the general public in an effort to explain, in practical terms, the perspective behind some of the most newsworthy and sensational cases of the last 20 years. The Judge discusses the death penalty, racketeering, gun laws, drug laws, discrimination laws, race riots, terrorism, and foreign affairs, as well as the more humble aspects of being a man on the bench.

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Having begun his law career over 50 years ago in a small-town private practice, Judge Block has had plenty of experience on the bench. Over the years, he's contended with unethical local government practices, a police brutality case, and his own inner struggles with "making rich people richer," a trend that eventually prompted him to welcome his promotion to federal judge, a position granted him by then-President Bill Clinton. Here, he addresses everything from his family life, to the approval process for his lifetime appointment, bits of history of the Constitution, and more. Block discusses the personalities of myriad judges and how he manages his own courtroom (with an emphasis on "humanizing" the proceedings, as opposed to the "rectitude and formality" of the British judicial system), and devotes nearly half of the book to reflections on specific cases, including the racketeering and money laundering trial of Peter Gotti; the prosecution of Peter Gatien, the owner of The Limelight, "the crown jewel of the drug-infested, club-scene culture" of 1990s Manhattan; and the recent terrorism case involving Najibullah Zazi's plan to detonate a bomb on the New York City subway system. Block's writing is fluid and coherent, and he is consistently a friendly, informative, and humorous narrator-nevertheless, this memoir will appeal primarily to lawyers and students of the legal system. Photos.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780314606624
Publisher:
Thomson West
Publication date:
07/18/2012
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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President Bill Clinton
“Judge Block gives the reader an engaging, often humorous account of his life, as always, and a compelling introduction to the world of a Federal judge whose decisions are subject to plenty of public scrutiny but whose decision-making process remains a mystery for most Americans.”
—PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States

Meet the Author

Fred Block practiced law for 34 years as a small-town lawyer before he was appointed to the federal district court bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. He is an Indiana University alumnus and received his law degree from Cornell Law School. Far removed from New York City he made his mark in private practice by successfully handling a number of pivotal national cases. As reflected in this book, Judge Block has a creative flair. A jazz musician, he previously showed off his artistic talent in an off-Broadway musical he co-authored - both music and lyrics - “Professionally Speaking,” and a host of country songs he wrote, before the bench beckoned.

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