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Eric D. Oberer uses his experience as a prosecutor to explain how injustice occurs in Courts of Law Not Courts of Justice: Why Justice is Hard to Find in America. The book is divided into four parts. The first explains the Constitution and the amendments that the book will focus on. These include the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, and fourteenth amendments. He uses the same cases that the Supreme Court relies on when rendering verdicts. Part two details several cases, including those of Lizzie Borden and O.J. Simpson, where the law worked against convicting potentially guilty defendants. The third section outlines the areas where applying the law is challenging either because of a lack of resources or social discontent. The final part introduces the perceptions of what most people believe and the unethical actions of some judicial officials.
Eric D. Oberer made this an easy-to-understand guide, explaining the multiple factors that go into applying the law. I discovered that in a criminal court, the law, not justice, determines how a case will turn out. It was easy to read which decisions served as the Supreme Court's precedents, with a table at the end of the first part. I was astonished to learn that even the president cannot overturn the Supreme Court's judgments. I liked how the author showed that television shows like CSI can be misleading. The definitions of legal terms are clear and concise. The information was presented logically, and there was no need to jump back and forth between cases. Courts of Law Not Courts of Justice is a great guide to understanding how the court system works and anyone who believes justice can prevail should read it.