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Presumed Guilty

Audiobook
Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/24/2021

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Presumed Guilty

How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696606554

Summary

Presumed Guilty reveals how the Supreme Court allows the perpetuation of racist policing by presuming that suspects, especially people of color, are guilty.

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Presumed Guilty reveals how the Supreme Court allows the perpetuation of racist policing by presuming that suspects, especially people of color, are guilty.

Presumed Guilty, like the bestselling The Color of Law, is a "smoking gun" of civil rights research, a troubling history that reveals how the Supreme Court enabled racist policing and sanctioned law enforcement excesses. The fact that police are nine times more likely to kill Black men than other Americans is no accident; it is the result of an elaborate body of doctrines that allow the police and courts to presume that suspects are guilty before being charged.

Demonstrating how the prodefendant Warren Court was a brief historical aberration, Erwin Chemerinsky shows how this more liberal era ended with Nixon's presidency and the ascendance of conservative justices, whose rulings have permitted stops and frisks, limited suits to reform police departments, and even abetted the use of chokeholds. Presumed Guilty concludes that an approach to policing that continues to exalt "Dirty Harry" can be transformed only by a robust court system committed to civil rights.

Reviews/Praise

"The veteran legal affairs expert offers a powerful attack on a judiciary committed to advancing the police state . . . [Chemerinsky] suggests that because the Supreme Court will not restrain the police, state courts can and should invoke state constitutions in order to do so.' Necessary reading for civil libertarians, public defenders, and activists." ―Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean of UC Berkeley School of Law. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. His books include The Conservative Assault on the Constitution and The Case Against the Supreme Court.