Day: June 11, 2016

Literature Reviews

Barry Scheck / Peter Neufeld / Jim Dwyer: Actual Innocence – When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right

A scathing Verdict on the U.S. Criminal Justice System “Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted.” – U.S. v. Garsson, D.C., 291 F. 646, 649 (1923) (Judge Learned Hand) While you may find “Actual Innocence” in the “true crime” section of your bookstore, this is not your typical […]

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Edward Humes: Mississippi Mud

Dixie, Dirt and a Determined Daughter “Mississippi Mud” is, as author Edward Humes’s introductory words explain, the name of that particular kind of poker where the cards themselves become irrelevant and the only thing that really counts is the ability to bluff and betray. It is also the name of a sweet, rich pie made […]

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Jared Diamond: Collapse – How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Fifteen Years It was Jared Diamond’s answer to the last question of a 2005 presentation of “Collapse” at Frankfurt University’s Museum of Natural Sciences. Given the comparative shortness of human existence in our planet’s entire history, what does it matter, someone asked, “if in 20,000 years or so we do exterminate ourselves, and another species […]

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Carol Daugherty Rasnic: Northern Ireland: Can Sean and John Live in Peace? An American Legal Perspective

On the dreams under Northern Ireland’s feet Ireland’s history is a violent one and, as Fulbright Fellow Carol Daugherty Rasnic shows in this book’s first chapter, this is not only true for the 20th century but dates back at least to the island’s 1169 Norman conquest – and actually, even further, as the Viking invasion […]

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