Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight-until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn't commit.
In a book Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree calls "a must read," Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system-as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police-and explores what "doing the right thing" means in a corrupt system.
With groundbreaking and highly controversial arguments-including jury nullification (voting "not guilty" in drug cases as a form of protest), just saying "no" when the police request your permission to search, and refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor-Let's Get Free is a smart and provocative critique that will change the way you think about crime and punishment in the United States.
A former federal prosecutor, Paul Butler is one of the country's leading experts on criminal justice. He provides legal commentary for CNN, NPR, and the Fox News Network; has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC News, and Good Morning America; and has been profiled in the Washington Post. He has written for the Post, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and is a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Let's Get Free is his first book.
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About the Author
A former federal prosecutor, Paul Butler is the country’s leading expert on jury nullification. He provides legal commentary for CNN, NPR, and the Fox News Network and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post . A law professor at Georgetown University, he is the author of Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (The New Press). He has published numerous op-eds and book reviews, including in the New York Times , the Washington Post , the Boston Globe , and the Los Angeles Times . He lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
1 The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game: A Prosecutor Meets American Criminal Justice 1
2 Safety First: Why Mass Incarceration Matters 23
3 Justice on Drugs 41
4 Jury Duty: Power to the People 57
5 Patriot Acts: Don't Be a Snitch, Do Be a Witness, and Don't Always Help the Police 79
6 Should Good People Be Prosecutors? 101
7 A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice 123
8 Droppin' Science: High-Tech Justice 147
9 The Beautiful Struggle: Seven Ways to Take Back Justice 167