The Importance of Being Honest: How Lying, Secrecy, and Hypocrisy Collide with Truth in Law

The Importance of Being Honest: How Lying, Secrecy, and Hypocrisy Collide with Truth in Law

by Steven Lubet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814752217

ISBN-13: 9780814752210

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

Popular author Steven Lubet brings his signature blend of humor, advocacy, and legal ethics to The Importance of Being Honest, an incisive analysis of how honesty and law play out in current affairs and historical events. Drawing on original work as well as op-ed pieces and articles that have appeared in the American Lawyer, the Chicago Tribune

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Popular author Steven Lubet brings his signature blend of humor, advocacy, and legal ethics to The Importance of Being Honest, an incisive analysis of how honesty and law play out in current affairs and historical events. Drawing on original work as well as op-ed pieces and articles that have appeared in the American Lawyer, the Chicago Tribune, and many other national publications, Lubet explores the complex aspects of honesty in the legal world.

The Importance of Being Honest is full of tales of questionable practices and poor behavior, chosen because negative examples are much richer, and often more remarkable, in their ultimate lessons. Wyatt Earp’s shootout with Billy Clanton, Bill Clinton’s disastrous decision to lie under oath, Oscar Wilde’s self-destructive perjury in a 1896 libel trial, and the dubious resolution of Justice Scalia’s duck hunting trip with Dick Cheney are only a few of the cases Lubet use to illustrate that law is a vague and boggy realm where truth, and falsehood, is seldom absolute. With his lively, insightful, and sometimes hilarious prose, Lubet takes readers on a tour of the law in our everyday lives, and forces us to rethink how we really feel about honesty and truth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814752210
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Clients
II Lawyers
III Judges
IV Academics
V Medical Practice
Afterword
Notes and Sources
Index
About the Author

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