For the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing the various components that comprise the American Criminal Justice System, with appropriate references to my novel, Gideon’s Children, which will be released on March 3rd.
Recently I received a very positive review, which I would like to share with you:
“Want to know what really goes on down there where Justice is rightly portrayed as blind? Read this book. Fifty years after the Supreme Court upheld the right of every felony defendant to counsel, people charged with crime are often given only token representation as they are hustled through an assembly line process from arrest to guilty plea to incarceration. Against this tide of injustice are public defenders with courage, wisdom and skill. Their case loads are too heavy, their resources often slim. Judges may treat their efforts at principled and zealous representation as obstructing the “orderly” process of processing cases in crowded courtrooms. This process takes place in courtrooms that most people never visit. So along comes Howard G. Franklin, to show us what is going on. His protagonist is a principled and articulate defender in a California town. Here are the prosecutors, judges, clients and cops. You won’t get this kind of a picture on television or in the movies. Howard Franklin has been there.”
– Michael E. Tigar, renowned litigator and legal scholar, with seven appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court, professor emeritus at both the Washington College of Law and Duke University School of Law, and author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Thinking About Terrorism: The Threat to Civil Liberties in Times of National Emergency and Fighting Injustice.