June 05, 2017

New ABA book ‘Broken Scales’ explores the concept of injustice with compelling examples

CHICAGO, June 5, 2017 — The scales of justice are a universally recognized symbol of modern law and project the idea of fair distribution of law, with no influence of bias, privilege or corruption.

But there is no widely recognized counterpart for acts of injustice. Still, as Joel Cohen explores in his new book, “Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice,” injustices do happen and often are perpetrated by prosecutors, judges and manipulators of the system, with adverse consequences on the lives of celebrities as well as everyday people.

Cohen’s book, which was recently reviewed in The New York Times, provides insightful narrative, case histories and interviews with 10 people who suffered from or participated in legal system injustices. At its core, the book raises the paramount question of what is an injustice. Beyond that, Cohen tackles related questions of whether there is an injustice when the game is played fairly but the system got it wrong; when an otherwise fair jury trial convicts the wrong man; and when over-the-top passions of advocates cloud the clear-thinking of others.

Cohen, a respected white-collar criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor in New York, has practiced for nearly 30 years, including handling complex civil litigation, at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He writes regularly for the New York Law Journal, The Hill, The Huffington Post and Law.com, on criminal law, legal ethics and social policy. Contributor Dale J. Degenshein has practiced law since 1984 and has worked at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP since 2007.

“Joel Cohen has done a masterful job of synthesizing some of the reasons why the scales of justice are broken,” the New York Law Journal said in a review. “We may never see the day when public opinion, political ambition or dishonest populism will take its thumb off the scales of justice; but Joel Cohen's ‘Broken Scales’ bring us a long way toward that goal.”

Title:                           “Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice”
Publisher:              ABA Publishing
Pages:                         288
Product Code:         1620743
ISBN:                      978-1-63425-809-8
Size:                        6 x 9, hardcover
Price:                       $29.95
Orders:                     800-285-2221 or http://shopaba.org

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Dean Pappas at Dean.Pappas@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Dean Pappas, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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