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Police State: How America's Cops Get Away With Murder

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

1. Ruby Ridge - exhausive account of the appalling murders of Randy Weaver's young son, Sammy, and his dog and his wife, Vicki, and the baby in her arms by the FBI and USMS stemming from a fake sting by the ATF. Weaver was an end-time religious nutter and white supremacist. However, in the free world no one has the right to police another's thoughts, only their actions. He was defended by Spence and a team of lawyers all of whom worked pro bono. Although they won, no action was ever taken
Paquita Maria Sanchez
It's not what it appears to be at first glance. This book is not so much a compendium of patrolman misconduct, but rather a collection of narrated real-life courtroom dramas won by the author, Gerry Spence, who (literally) has always won his criminal trials both as prosecutor and defense attorney because he's a bu-hadaaaaasss. Seriously, he's like a movie lawyer. He successfully defended Randy Weaver (Ruby Ridge) by pointing the finger at the FBI, Imelda Marcos by pointing the finger at the ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Book of Bogan.

Police State is a slightly terrifying trip down memory lane through the eyes of one defence lawyer who represented a wide range of clients in their battles against a government, or authority which sought to use its power to overreach and crush the oppressed.

Gerry Spence uses a number of examples from his own case history to examine the different ways that people, and governments in positions of power are able to wield that power in an unequal battle for
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Not really at all what I was expecting from the title. I was hoping for a broader overview of the corruption in law enforcement and the legal system. Instead the book was a collection of cases the author was involved in as a defense attorney, many of which were several decades old and some of which are well known (ie. Ruby Ridge and Imelda Marcos). Often they contained the transcripts of entire opening and closing statements and sometimes much of the witness testimony and cross examination ...more
Mitchell Kaufman
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A serious indictment, not just of the police, but the Justice system in general. It is a serious issue, and easy to convict an innocent person, as this compendium of Spence's cases illustrates. Read in conjunction with Sidney Powell's Licensed to Lie, one can easily see how the system is broken and bent in favor of the prosecution.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of the author's cases, all of which have some element of police corruption. While I very much enjoyed Spence's writing and his court antics on behalf of his clients, I don't think he was particularly successful at proving his hyperbolical subtitle which states that America's cops get away with murder.
Al Menaster
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent stories about Spence's cases. Skip the intro and epilogue, just long rants.
Power does not serve the people. It serves itself.

Where does one even start on the topic of Gerry Spence, who is the greatest lawyer to ever live? This book displays some of his most memorable cases from his perspective. It provides readers with a look into the defense attorney’s mind as he seeks justice for his clients. It shows a man who has no fear in demanding everyone intertwined with the justice system, whether it’s judges, prosecutors, and in particular, police officers, to do better. He
Lance Eaton
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a trial defense lawyer with decades of experience and involvement in a good deal of high-profile cases over those years, Spence has a keen eye and mind for discussing how the structure of law and power can work to systematically disenfranchise most citizens. That is the major theme throughout the book that no matter the case, the government power is exponentially greater than any human that it puts in its crosshairs. Over a discussion of a handful of his most poignant cases, Spence ...more
Andrea Johnson
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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An eye opening read. Spence is a great storyteller and it shows in his writing. Loved his recommendations at the end for how to rightsize justice in America.
Gina Marcelin
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent, Really Excellence
Interesting, based on Gerry Spence’s own personal cases.
New perspective, Smart, Worth the effort.
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Gerry Spence is a trial lawyer in the United States. In 2008, he announced he would retire, at age 79, at the end of the Geoffrey Fieger trial in Detroit, MI. Spence did not lose a criminal case in the over 50 years he practiced law. He started his career as a prosecutor and later became a successful defense attorney for the insurance industry. Years later, Spence said he "saw the light" and ...more
“The operational word in every competent defense is attack. If you’re explaining and defending, you’re losing.” 2 likes
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