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Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman, Scott, Cathy
21 Scott, Cathy Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman
Fort Lee NJ Barricade Books Inc. (c.2002) 1-56980-238-6 / 9781569802380 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Greg Wilkin 
[bottom front corner of book bumped, no other significant wear; jacket shows light surface rubbing only]. (B&W photographs) The subject of this book, writer Susan Berman, was "reared in the lap of Las Vegas luxury as the daughter of Dave Berman, a notorious casino mogul and mafia leader. It wasn't until college -- well after her father's death -- that she learned what he really did. She ultimately dedicated her life to learning about Vegas and its underworld chiefs, publishing two acclaimed books on the subject." On Christmas Eve 2000, however, Susan Berman became the victim of a horrific crime herself: she was shot in the back of the head, execution-style. The investigation was possibly connected to the then-recent reopening of the case of Kathie Durst, who disappeared in 1982; her husband, Robert Durst (a college friend of Berman's), was questioned in both cases, but never charged. This book appeared just as Durst was awaiting trial in Texas for another murder, of which he was eventually acquitted (although he did later serve a prison term for bond jumping and evidence tampering). Durst's experiences were the basis for the 2010 film ALL GOOD THINGS, which starred Ryan Gosling as his cinematic alter-ego. And this breaking news (well, not quite) just in from our Wikipedia correspondent: "On March 14, 2015, Durst was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, on a first-degree murder warrant signed by a Los Angeles judge in relation to the Berman killing. On November 4, 2016, Durst was transferred to California and soon after was arraigned in Los Angeles on first-degree murder charges. A preliminary hearing will be held in October 2017." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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John Marshall's Law: Interpretation, Ideology, and Interest, Shevory, Thomas C.
22 Shevory, Thomas C. John Marshall's Law: Interpretation, Ideology, and Interest
Westport CT/London Greenwood Press 1994 0-313-26804-5 / 9780313268045 First Edition Hardcover Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book with no discernible wear; essentially as new]. (Contributions in Legal Studies, No. 77) Series An examination of the legal career of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his influence in various areas of American law. Chapter titles are: "Law and Language in Anglo-Saxon Jurisprudence"; "John Marshall and the Interpretive Enterprise"; "John Marshall as Republican"; "Property, Contracts, and the Politics of Interest"; "Dilemmas of Liberal Constitutionalism: Joseph Story and John Marshall"; and "Marshall's Law on Circuit." Appendix of cases cited; bibliography; index. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Story of a Prison [*Stacy Keach's prison library copy*], Southerton, Peter
23 Southerton, Peter The Story of a Prison [*Stacy Keach's prison library copy*]
Reading, Berkshire (U.K.) Osprey Publishing Ltd. 1975 0-85045-260-0 / 9780850452600 First Edition Hardcover Good in Near Fine dj 
(price-clipped) [book is only lightly worn, but with tape marks on both pastedowns and endpapers, numerous notes in ink on rear fep; jacket is in almost perfect condition, with just a smidge of surface wear]. Beginning with a history of Reading Gaol, a "rather horrific account of cruelties practised upon the criminal," the book examines the history of penal practice in Britain from the 16th century to the present day. The jacket blurb declares it to be "of great interest to workers in the prisoner and probation services, magistrates, [and] students in social studies and social history," but neglects to mention one other group which might be expected to take an especially keen interest in such matters: the convicts themselves. In the case of this particular book, it was indeed of special interest to one particular convict: the American actor Stacy Keach, who spent nine months in Reading Prison following his conviction on a drug possession charge in London in late 1984. Laid in is a blue slip of paper with the official date-stamp of H.M.P. Reading Library (9 Feb 85), on which is written "L55200 Keach / The Story of a Prison / His Personal Copy"; additionally, at the top of the ffep is written (in red ink) "Property of Stacy Keach, L55200," and (in black ink) "11 Feb. 1985." (These dates were approximately two months into Keach's sentence.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Max D. Steuer, Trial Lawyer, Steuer, Aron
24 Steuer, Aron Max D. Steuer, Trial Lawyer
New York Random House (c.1950 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hollis Holland 
(price-clipped) [light age-toning to fore-edge, minimal shelfwear to bottom edges of covers, faint remnants of some erased pencil underlining in the introductory chapter; jacket shows a little wear at extremities, light soiling and a couple of short creases to rear panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Sort of a portrait-in-action of this "master of cross-examination," assembled by his son, who opens his introductory chapter with a disclaimer: "This is not a biography." Although he does provide some sketchy biographical details of his father, the bulk of the book is made up of summaries of five of the elder Steuer's most important and challenging cases, each of which includes lengthy excerpts from court transcripts. One of the five cases discussed is considered the most famous of Steuer's career: People v. Harris and Blanck, the prosecution for manslaughter brought against the owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the wake of the deadly 1911 fire that killed nearly 150 of its workers; another is People v. Rickard, in which Steuer acted as counsel for famed sports promoter Tex Rickard, who was accused of having had sex with a 14-year-old girl. (In the Triangle case, Steuer got the owners off by discrediting the testimony of a key prosecution witness, Kate Alterman, one of the factory workers who had survived the fire; in the Rickard case, he managed to transform the victim into (in his son's words) "a little tart" in the eyes of the jury, and Rickard was acquitted. Effective tactics, obviously -- although perhaps less than admirable.) Fairly little has been written about Steuer, who left behind no writings pertaining to his legal philosophies or strategies. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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25 Stevens, Robert Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s (Studies in Legal History)
Chapel Hill NC/London University of North Carolina Press (c.1983) 0-8078-1537-3 / 9780807815373 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, minor wear at extremities, a couple of light spots on front cover, some traces of erased (by me!) pencil underlining]. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Al Capone -- The Hawk -- Prohibition [*SIGNED*], Tashjian, Leon H
26 Tashjian, Leon H Al Capone -- The Hawk -- Prohibition [*SIGNED*]
New York Vantage Press (c.1989) 0-533-08095-9 / 9780533080953 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Signed by Author
[good solid copy, light wear at spine ends; jacket is dampstained across bottom of rear panel, but book itself does not appear to have been affected, except for a stain at top of rear pastedown]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the rear pastedown (slightly affected by noted dampstain). The author, "popularly known as 'the Hawk,' takes us back to the days of Prohibition and such big-name gangsters as Al Capone, Yellow Kid Weil, John Dillinger, and others. This is the Hawk's own story of how, as a U.S. deputy marshal, he went after and brought in men known to the public and the government as dangerous and often desperate criminals, some of whom forged vast networks of crime, drawing into their syndicates not only the blatantly criminal but many of those charged with upholding the law as well. But there was another side to these men, too, and here we meet an Al Capone who 'did more to help the common people than all the government agencies and charity places put together.' These were gentlemanly men who, though their henchmen may have been killers, were themselves often beguilingly polite, responding to warrants for their arrest with an elegance of style Emily Post might have envied." The book "dramatize[s] the ills of a system that, in the end, was to bring about the Hawk's own fall from grace." (++) Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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No Answer from Foxtrot Eleven, Tullett, Tom
27 Tullett, Tom No Answer from Foxtrot Eleven
London Michael Joseph 1967 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) M. Mohan 
(price-clipped) [minimal shelfwear to book; jacket lightly stained on spine, short closed tear and associated creasing at top right corner of front panel, a bit of wear along bottom edge]. (B&W photographs) True-crime reportage, about the cold-blooded murder of three British policemen in August 1966 and its aftermath, covering the intensive manhunt that led to the capture of the killers, as well as their trial and conviction. The author, an ex-Scotland Yard investigator who later became one of Fleet Street's most renowned crime reporters, "was in on [the case] from the beginning, talked to the families of the murderers and their victims, [and] was in close contact with the police throughout." The case, known as the Shepherd's Bush murders (and also as the Massacre of Braybrook Street), sparked a great deal of outrage in the U.K., including calls for the then-recently-abolished death penalty. Of the three men who were ultimately convicted of the murders, one died in prison, another was released but was later beaten to death by a flatmate, and the third (Harry Roberts) was finally released in November 2014. A very scarce book. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Life and Limb: An Account of the Career of Melvin M. Belli, Personal-Injury Trial Lawyer [*SIGNED* by Belli], Wallace, Robert
28 Wallace, Robert Life and Limb: An Account of the Career of Melvin M. Belli, Personal-Injury Trial Lawyer [*SIGNED* by Belli]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1955 NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj 
[book only moderately worn, but front hinge split and front cover hanging on by webbing only; jacket is worn, internally damp-stained, various tears and chips, paper loss at spine extremities]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Melvin Belli on the ffep. Signed by Biographee 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Criminal Evidence for Police, Weston, Paul B., and Kenneth M. Wells
29 Weston, Paul B., and Kenneth M. Wells Criminal Evidence for Police
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1971) 0-13-193003-6 / 9780131930032 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[good solid copy, very light soiling to page edges; jacket worn at edges/corners, moderately rubbed/soiled, a couple of tiny tears]. (Prentice-Hall Series in Law Enforcement) Series The book "examines the nature and admissibility of evidence and its role in determining guilt or innocence in the prosecution of offenders in criminal courts. It presents a functional analysis of evidence and its use, oriented to the day-to-day needs of police offices and criminal investigators." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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With Confidence and Pride: Policing the Wellington Region 1840-1992, Young, Sherwood, ed.
30 Young, Sherwood, ed. With Confidence and Pride: Policing the Wellington Region 1840-1992
[Wellington, New Zealand] Wellington Police Trust [1994] 0-473-02782-8 / 9780473027827 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lauren Pyne 
[nice clean copy with light wear at bottom extremities; jacket shows minor wrinkling, some surface-scratching to rear panel]. (B&W photographs, maps) "In this fascinating volume you can read about the large-scale enquiries and homicides that have occurred in the region, as well as the commissions of enquiry that have been held into the Police itself. The police have assembled experts in their field to contribute to this book -- historians, trainers, educators, administrators, journalists and frontline police -- to produce an attractive and thoroughly researched record of the policing of a most important part of New Zealand. [The book includes] more than 600 photographs [and a roster of] over 2500 men and women who have served in the region since 1840." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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