- Get an inside look from an expert at what federal judges really do
- Includes 20 provocative proposals for improving the administration of justice
- Review key cases dealing with terrorism, drones, convicted members of Congress, abortion, civil rights, authors, and movie stars
- Explore Judge Newman’s fascinating years in politics as a federal prosecutor
About the Author
Jon O. Newman is a senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, on which he has served for thirty-eight years. He was chief judge from 1993-97. Previously he was a district judge of the District Court for the District of Connecticut, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, and assistant to Abraham Ribicoff when Ribicoff was governor of Connecticut, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and U.S. senator. Judge Newman graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, after which he was a law clerk for Judge George Washington at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Justice Earl Warren at the Supreme Court and in private law practice. Judge Newman is the 2016 recipient of the Devitt Award, the federal judiciary’s highest honor. He is the co-author (with Abraham Ribicoff) of Politics—the American Way and co-author (with Harold Newman) of A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology.
Benched is a memoir of the life of Federal Judge Jon O. Newman. It is an explanation of what judges really do, a proposal for a better justice
system, and a firsthand account of several important cases dealing with topics ranging from terrorism to movie stars. In this title, Newman aims to dispel the popular notion that judges vote based on personal preference. He outlines twenty proposals for improvements in the American system of Justice, covering such diverse topics as police misconduct laws, selection of juries, citizen standing to sue government officials, reviving the independent counsel, and death penalty sentencing.
The life of a judge can be remarkable. Judges deal with an extraordinarily wide variety of disputes, all of which matter greatly to the people involved and some of which are at the center of vital legal issues. In his career, Newman has encountered presidents, senators, governors, and hundreds of judges from here and abroad, an array of personalities in and out of court, the famous and the infamous and the impressive and the bizarre. He has had fortuitous opportunities that have enabled him to see the inner workings of the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court and has served as a United States Attorney, a federal trial judge, and a federal appellate judge. Newman’s experiences, insights, and proposals discussed in this book will be of great interest to legal professional and nonlawyers alike.
Benched: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore, and Other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge
Item #: 1004941
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2017