Law’s Detour to the Huffington Post

Anis Shivani, a big fan of NYU Press, includes Peter Marguile’s Law’s Detour on his list of The 17 Best Social and Political Awareness Books of 2010.

In another well-known instance, “when United States Attorneys…cited community concerns [such as the imposition of the death penalty in communities where jurors were likely to disagree]…[Attorney General Alberto] Gonzalez fired them.” In voting rights too, evasions were followed. From the tragedy of FEMA to the ongoing international shame of Guantanamo, detours have become an established way of doing business in Washington. Are we so sure that we have given up the “architecture of impunity”? And if not, how can we recover national prestige, credibility, fairness, and justice?

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