This engaging, irreverent, and most unusual memoir by Trenton attorney John Hartmann puts a human face on dysfunctional Jersey justice. Hartmann's self-deprecating wit and keen eye for all things absurd and ironic reveal him as an equal-opportunity ridiculer-from supercilious lawyers and judges to cocky cops, clueless clients, pretentious politicians, and a raft of hapless dealers, deadbeats, prisoners, and prostitutes. Central to Jacket is the story of Hartmann's client Nate Smith-wrongly identified in a robbery and locked up for a crime he probably didn't commit. As Hartmann recalls Nate's case, he dishes out amusing anecdotes, shares Garden State trivia, admits to various personal quirks and shortcomings, and offers a treasure trove of advice on how to start a legal practice, prepare clients for trial, cross examine witnesses, pick juries, and make prison hooch. Jacket is a must-read for aspiring lawyers, lawbreakers, and Law and Order fans. (And, of course, for all you practicing New Jersey criminal defense attorneys out there.)
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About the Author
John W. Hartmann is an attorney with a small practice in West Windsor, New Jersey. He is married and has two children. He has written one other book, The American Partisan: Henry Lee and the Struggle for Independence, 1776-1780, a well-researched and well-written work that few people read and even fewer purchased. He is currently working on his first novel.
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Jacket: The Trials of a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I enjoyed this book very much. It captures the essence of practicing law with humor, objectivity and an insider's knowledge. John Hartmann's writing style is like the gumshoe detective telling it like it is without all the detachment so prevalent today. A must read for anyone interested in the law or who would enjoy the musings of an entertaining storyteller, who's good at his job.