By Sol Wachtler
Riding down the new york parkway in November of 1992, Sol Wachtler was once New York’s leader pass judgement on and inheritor obvious to the hot York governorship. all at once, 3 van a great deal of FBI brokers swerved in entrance of him—bringing his motor vehicle and his felony profession to a halt. Wachtler's next arrest, conviction, and incarceration for harassing his longtime lover prompted a media feeding frenzy, revealing to the realm his struggles with romantic attachment, manic melancholy, and drug abuse.
In this, his criminal diary, Wachtler unearths the stark truth in the back of his vertiginous fall from the heights of the criminal institution to the underbelly of the legal justice approach. Sentenced to a medium safeguard felony in Butner, North Carolina, Wachtler is stabbed by means of an unseen assailant, berated via felony guards, and many times positioned in solitary confinement without rationalization. additionally, as a prisoner he confronts firsthand the inequities of a procedure his judicial rulings helped to build and befriends the kind of humans he as soon as sentenced.
With unflinching honesty, Wachtler attracts on his designated adventure of dwelling existence on either side of the bench to color a chilling portrait of criminal existence interwoven with a no-holds-barred research of the shortcomings of the yank felony justice method.
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