The inspiration for the hit TNT show "Raising the Bar" INDEFENSIBLE puts a human face on the terrifying systemic failures that make American criminal justice the dirty little secret of our time.
In the span of a single day we meet murderers and misdemeanants, loutish lawyers, and vindictive judges. We race from courtroom to courtroom, judge to judge, and defendant to defendant, in a shocking behind-the-scenes look at big city justice as it really happens.
This tragicomic exposé is a roller-coaster ride through the world of justice in the South Bronx.In this dramatic first book, Feige skillfully shares his wisdom and his humanity and sheds light on a justice system that too often works irrationally.
Entertainment Weekly (EW)
- Entertainment Weekly
Propulsively written and thoughtful, Indefensible is a revealing look at the sometimes rusty scales of justice. Grade: A
- Booklist Magazine
With a style that combines black comedy with the drama of a thriller, Feige provokes a debate about the shortcomings of our justice system and the overarching disregard for the underclass that is evident in that system.
"Feige glories in feeling like a 'righteous outlaw'—and thank God. As he rightly points out, 'The narcissistic pleasure of giving doesn't invalidate the gift.' And someone's got to give it."
New York Daily News
- Kate Kelly
"A scathing indictment...of the criminal justice system."
David Feige spent 15 years as a public defender in Brooklyn, Harlem and The Bronx, rising to serve as the first Trial Chief of The Bronx Defenders. He is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and has taught trial skills at law schools, and public defender offices around the country.
David's writing on the criminal justice system have been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe.
INDEFENSIBLE was the inspiration for "Raising the Bar" which ran for two seasons on TNT. David served as writer, producer, and co-creator of that show. Since then he has written for shows airing on Lifetime and NBC.