Doing Justice

Doing Justice

A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law

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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.
     The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.
     Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career--the successes as well as the failures--to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result).
     Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring--it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system--and in our society.

Baker & Taylor
Using case histories and personal experiences, a one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York explains how the U.S. justice system works and shows the thought process Americans need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

& Taylor

A former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York presents an overview of the American justice system, drawing on case histories and personal experiences to discuss why the rule of law is essential to U.S. society.
From a one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York comes an important overview of the way the American justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to U.S. society, in a book that uses case histories, personal experiences and more.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525521129
Branch Call Number: 347.73 BHA
Characteristics: xvi, 345 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jan 20, 2020

Excellent explanations of the courts, prosecutions, case studies, etc.

Sep 22, 2019

Excellent memoir discussion of his most personally impactful choices on cases. Well written.

Aug 07, 2019

I discovered Preet through his podcast "Stay Tuned With Preet". I was thrilled to learn he'd written a book and I listened to the audio version which he narrates. His ability to explain the extremely complicated justice system in America, using language non lawyers can understand is much appreciated. I learned so much. His style is direct and he illustrates all of his points with examples from his career in law so it is easy to understand. I highly recommend this book.

Jun 18, 2019

FT recommended read

May 17, 2019

A well written book that reinforces the fact that many in law are professional, dedicated and guided by principle. Usually my vision of a "lawyer" is someone telling you to contact him/her about how to get loads of money for an auto crash. If someone is getting millions, I expect them to be in a full-body cast--looking as if they will never be able to work again. And what kind of car were they driving?

Apr 01, 2019

Please offer audiobook format for Doing Justice by Bahrara. It's available, and this is obviously a title with lots of interest, as would have been expected. I don't understand why you don't offer audiobook format on more titles.

Mar 25, 2019


Reaching the book's coverage of the Valle case, I'd already decided that Bharara was lacking as an attorney, but when he signed on to the Grand Conspiracy Theory of the 2008 financial crisis, it was stunningly obvious:
" . . . . no provable crime has been committed." And, " . . . . without proof of intent to commit crimes."
Many crimes were committed - - millions of times over - - with proof of intent!
Two examples among hundreds: Jack Lew, treasury secretary under Obama, previously with Citigroup's Alternative Assets, where they irresponsibly sold money-back guaranteed CDOs - - which they knew they could never cover, the gov't would have to bail them out, which was why more bailout funds went to Citigroup than any other bank! They committed fraud with intent, and since President Obama appointed Lew as treasury secretary, they were guaranteed to avoid prosecution! [Thanks to that WikiLeaked email of a few years back, we know that Citigroup directed newly elected President Obama to appoint Covington and Burling's Eric Holder as attorney general - - and he did!]
Second, we know that Washington Mutual wrote up fraudulent mortgages on nonexistent homes - - and from the 2010 congressional investigation that they used a "black list" against honest assessors and appraisers who they banned from employment: clearly financial fraud with intent, yet US Attorney Jenny Durkan [presently mayor of Seattle] refused to prosecute!
Bharara offers several flimsy, unsupportable hypotheticals to rationalize his specious claims - - NO DICE, BHARARA!
Where Bharara claims no provable crimes:
>>>Law of Fraudulent Conveyance, plus Sarbanes-Oxley Act [violated millions of times];
>>>Other property/real estate laws [violated millions of times - - "We don't need no stinking chain of title!"];
>>>Contract law [the PSA, or Pooling and Servicing Agreements, i.e., securitization contracts, violated and invalidated millions of times];
>>>The aforementioned nullified their REMIC status - - therefore massive violations of tax laws [millions of times];
>>>Numerous other financial fraud violations against the U.S.C. [millions of times];
>>>Many of the aforementioned committed in conjunction with the rigging of LIBOR rates as well as rigged interest rate swaps - - multi-layered financial fraud involving highly elaborate intent; and,
>>>Within many of those financial machinations massive money laundering occurred - - thus additional crimes committed!
No provable crimes? Or no competently honest US Attorneys?
At this point I stopped reading . . . .
[In the aftermath of the S&L debacle some years back, over 900 bankers were indicted and convicted, with a number of them going to jail, but were the US Attorneys simply more honest back then? Or perhaps too many Preet Bhararas and Jenny Durkans among their ranks today?]
RECAP: There were plenty of crimes committed, millions of times over - - but there were illegal payouts made, such as when Treasury Secretary Paulson pushed for bailouts for AIG, which received $85 billion, and paid out $17 billion to Goldman Sachs on credit default swaps - - those were invalid payouts since they were based upon invalidated securitization contracts [PSAs, or Pooling and Servicing Agreements] - - so all those ever-richer multibillionaires resulting from all those CDS payouts were fundamentally thieves!

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