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At the CATO INSTITUTE and on C-SPAN with Alex Kozinski Discussing Licensed to Lie

Aug 04, 2014

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320640-1/book-discussion-licensed-lie

 

Alex Kozinski’s Foreword to Licensed to Lie

Feb 04, 2014

AKNinth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in his personal capacity and not speaking for the Court in any way, has written the Foreword for Licensed to Lie. Here’s a tidbit:

“While no one openly disputes the validity of the Brady rule, many prosecutors see it as a thorn in their sides—an obstacle to overcome rather than a welcome responsibility to be scrupulously observed. . . While there are certainly many honest and fair-minded prosecutors, a disturbing number fail to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense.  Some prosecutors affirmatively and knowingly conceal it. . . .

Sanctions against prosecutors who violate Brady are practically unheard-of and professional discipline is non-existent.  As a consequence, there is, as I’ve said elsewhere, ‘an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.’

The author of this book is a former prosecutor turned private practitioner who represented a defendant in one of the high-profile cases discussed in the pages that follow.  She was called in by the defense team after the client had been convicted.  As she describes her first meeting with the client and his lawyers,  they were ‘[t]raumatized, exhausted, wrung out, meek, and broken’ as a result of what had been a brutal trial.  ‘I seemed to have more testosterone than all of them put together,’ she quips.  In truth, Sidney Powell has more testosterone than pretty much any roomful of lawyers, be they men or women.  Writing a book like this more than proves it.  Not only does she take on, by name, prosecutors and former prosecutors who continue to serve in powerful and responsible positions, she is also relentless in criticizing judges before whom she has practiced for years.  Few lawyers have the stones to do this.

 [T]his book should serve as the beginning of a serious conversation about whether our criminal justice system continues to live up to its vaunted reputation.  As citizens of a free society, we all have an important stake in making sure that it does.”