Demand the impossible : one lawyer's pursuit of equal justice for all

Title Demand the impossible : one lawyer's pursuit of equal justice for all
Names Tsai, Robert L.
Book Number DB120512
Title Status Active
Medium Digital Books
Annotation "Stephen Bright emerged on the scene as a cause lawyer in the early decades of mass incarceration, when inflammatory politics and harsh changes to criminal justice policy were crashing down on the most vulnerable members of society. He dedicated his career to unleashing social change by representing clients that society had long ago discarded, and advocated for all to receive a fair trial. In Demand the Impossible, Robert L. Tsai traces Bright's remarkable career to explore the legal ideas that were central to his relentless pursuit of equal justice. For nearly forty years, Bright led the Southern Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit that provided legal aid to incarcerated people and worked to improve conditions within the justice system. He argued four capital cases before the US Supreme Court--and won each one, despite facing an increasingly hostile bench. With each victory, he brought to light how the law itself had become corrupted by the country's thirst for severe punishment, exposing prosecutorial misconduct, continuing racial inequality, inadequate safeguards for people with intellectual disabilities, and the shameful quality of legal representation for the poor. Organized around these four major Supreme Court cases, each narrated in vivid and dramatic detail, Tsai's essential account explores the racism built into the criminal justice system and the incredible advancements one lawyer and his committed allies made for equal rights. An electrifying work of legal history, Demand the Impossible reveals how change can be won in even the most challenging times and how seemingly small victories can go on to have outsized effects."-- Front jacket flap. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
Narrator Schwab, Kaipo.
Local Subject Constitutional & administrative law - 342
Sociology - SOC
History - United States - HUS
History, U.S.- 21st Century - HUF
Crime & True Detective - CRI
The Law & Legal Rights - LAW
Biography and Autobiography - BIO
Biography - Cops, Lawyers & Defendants - BIX
LC Subject Civil rights lawyers - United States
Criminal defense lawyers - United States
Due process of law - United States - Cases
Criminal justice, Administration of - United States - Cases
Civil rights - United States - Cases
Call Number 342.085 ANF
Language English
Original Publication Reissue of: 2024 9798855524710. 2024
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