The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court

The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court

by James D. Zirin


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The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court is written from the perspective of a litigator who has tried many cases before some of its iconic judges. It gives first hand insight into the evolution of the US justice system where it has been, where it is now, and where it is going. The reader will have a ringside seat at some of the most famous cases that went down in the Mother Court.

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ISBN-13: 9781634256339
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James Zirin of New York, NY., is a leading litigator, who has appeared in federal and state courts around the nation, and currently practices at Sidley & Austin in New York. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, having served in the Criminal Division of that office under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau. Jim has also written more than 200 op-ed articles for Forbes, Barron's, the Los Angeles Times, the Times of London, and the New York Law Journal, among other publications. He has consistently been listed in Best Lawyers of America".

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JCG1 More than 1 year ago
With great gusto, Zirin spotlights celebrities, salient arguments and decisions of some of America’s most famous cases that took place in the 50s, 60s and 70s in New York City’s federal trial court. The author calls this court “The Mother Court.” We learn about Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, the Pentagon Papers, General Westmorland, Prime Minister Sharon and others. Zirin, a well-known NYC trial lawyer, writes in a witty and humorous style. The book, therefore, does not have the dry dust usually associated with books written by lawyers. Zirin’s chapter called “U.S. v. Sex” is extremely entertaining as he tells us the details of the “Deep Throat” and “I Am Curious Yellow” cases. He also candidly describes the personalities of the Mother Court, lawyers and judges alike and he pulls no punches as to which ones he likes and which ones he doesn’t. Zirin throws in some experiences of his own and the lessons he has learned from his trials, such as how to do a cross-examination. The theory of this book is that the cases of the 50s, 60s and 70s are far more dramatic than the cases presently in the Mother Court. He may be right. This is because it is hard to top the drama of the cases Zirin describes. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable book, which can be read by anyone and not just lawyers.