Inside The Robe Book Review – Raw, Candid, Truth, A Solid Read

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Inside the Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America, from Antenna Books and Smith Publicity, provides readers with a candid and somewhat shocking tale of the judicial process in Los Angeles.

Authored by Retired Judge Katherine Mader, Inside The Robe complied as journal entries, walks readers step by step through what is considered normal and routine in these days and times. With unusual honesty, Mader presents encounters with evil, misguided, and corrupt prosecutors, Gang members and the brutalities of gang violence, three strike sentencings, and headline grabbing cases.

She reveals the largely untold story about the hidden nooks and crevices of the judging world taking readers along for an entire year as she rules from the bench in Los Angeles Superior Court.


Sex and the Serial Killer Review - Unsubstantiated Account Makes for an Interesting Read

Readers come to learn the floor of the courthouse can mean the difference between prison and freedom. She unpacks misconceptions of "following the law" as this concept unfortunately produces wildly different results depending on the judge's background, philosophy, politics, and life experiences. Readers come to learn the floor of the courthouse can mean the difference between prison and freedom.

At 370 pages, Inside the Robe, after an Author's Note and Preface, begins in January and ends in December with thirty to fifty pages for each chapter. In the Preface she begins with a small story of her first appearance in a courtroom when she announced to a courtroom the sentencing "is not fair."

To which as the story is told, "a grouch, grey-haired floating head above the bench peered disdainfully at me. His pursing thin, mean, lips growled, "Young lady, you might have a bar card, but you'll learn soon that saying 'It's not fair' makes you sound childish and unprofessional. If you want to make an argument to me, do not ever again use the word 'fair.'"

The words may have reverberated throughout her career as she eventually became the floating head above the bench. The concept of fair and even right and wrong are long lost in the judicial arena. Money buys justice, and moreover, money buys injustice on a grater scale.


Hunting Charles Manson Book Review - Shocking True Crime Resonates

"There are political and ethical considerations by judges that have never before been written about," says Judge Mader. "All judges think they are fair.' But personal experiences of each judge mean so much."

Filled with behind the scenes intrigue, Inside the Robe, revisits Judge's Mader's fascinating career, as a fearless defense attorney who successfully argued to spare the life of the "Hillside Strangler," a prosecutor who spent years in a unit that prosecuted police officers and public officials including racially charged prosecution o a police officer for an on-duty shooting of a civilian, the LAPD's first inspector general overseeing the disciplinary system of the police department and ultimately one of Los Angeles most revered judges.


NYPD Green Book Review - Page Turning Detective Thriller

From behind the bench, Mader witness an endless parade of drug addicts, gang members, and mentally ill defendants. She also sees pricey private attorneys ranging from brilliant to incompetent, jaded as well as compassionate prosecutors, and starry-eyed true believers as well as creative and effective public defenders.

Each month presents everything from the bizarre and incredulous to the common and routine. On December 23, her last entry she presents her accomplishments: working 212 days, using zero sick days, taking every personal and vacation day allotted. She was sent thirty jury trials and fourteen settled without going to trial.


Amsterdam Exposed Book Review - Edgy, Scandalous; An Unforgettable Read

"There is nothing worse than an ignorant or corrupt judge. A good judge is inspiring; a bad one provokes contempt," Mader quotes from Donald Dale Jackson in Judges.

With reviews from Celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, former L.A. County District Attorney, Gil Garcetti and Michael Connelly, author of Fair WarningInside The Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America, presents an unadorned expose into the judicial system presents with raw truth and candor and offers readers to opportunity to ascertain for themselves how the criminal justice system has deteriorated or evolved. A solid read for court junkies, criminal justice enthusiasts, and legal professionals.

Inside the Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice is available online.

Haute Tease

  • Death Toll in Deadly Kabul Attack Rises

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The death toll in the Kabul, Afghanistan truck bomb stands at 95 with more than 150 injured and is expected to rise in the Taliban orchestrated explosion that used an ambulance to pass through two security check points.

     
  • Une France Acclimatée

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    La canicule qui sévit actuellement en France interroge aussi sur les capacités d'adaptation d'un pays moderne face au changement climatique. La France, et les pays du monde, devront nécessairement affronter et gérer un changement précipité.

     
  • HL Business: Media Moves – The Desk Shuffle; Retirement, Promotions, Greener Pastures

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Media moguls are making the moves with television and cable networks and print and digital publications slicing longtime staffers and adding new, fresh talent as retirement woes, the desk shuffle, promotions, advancements, and greener pastures fill the crisp autumn air.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Visits France, Skips Cemetery; Brits Honor WWI Dead; G20; Mid-Terms; CA Wildfires; Thousand Oaks

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump joined French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders in marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I with remembrances, parades and a rare showing of allied solidarity.

     
  • Tokyo Graffiti Book Review – Enlightening, Pulsating Imaginative Images

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Tokyo Graffiti, from author Lord K2 and Schiffer Publishing, adds another street art collection to his series with this release that, like his other books, highlights the burgeoning street art scenes in cities around the world.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Die-In Protests Spread; S.I. Cop Racist Background; November Job Report; Sandy Hook

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama has remained reluctant to criticize the process which left a white NYPD police officer exonerated in the videotaped murder of an unarmed black man detained for selling loose cigarettes as his Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch prepares the federal inquiry.

     
  • Anatomy Of A Great Home Book Review - Beautiful, Practical and Informative

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Anatomy of a Great Home, from Schiffer Publishing and author/expert Boyce Thompson, presents more than fifty award winning homes, built by three dozen A+ American architects and defines the technical characteristics of what makes a home great.

     
  • Home, Decor: Indoor Spring-Cleaning Checklist Provides Safe Home Tips Against COVID-19 Spread

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As the Coronavirus accelerates across the nation, homeowners are spending more time indoors making this the optimum time to take the opportunity to conduct or supervise a deep spring cleaning. Here is a brief checklist to start.

     
  • Emmanuel Macron et....les Autres

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    En l'absence d'opposition politique crédible, le macronisme, toujours indéfini, s'impose comme l'idéologie dominante car seule en lice. Et si cette domination n'est pas substance politique, elle suffit à répondre partiellement aux attentes des Français. Pour l'instant.  

  • Yesterday Review - Charming, The Best Film of the Summer

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Yesterday, from Universal Pictures, brings to the screen a fun filled summer film of unrequited love, destroyed dreams, friendship, and how we react when miraculously life, through fate, kismet, or chance delivers on every dream we’ve ever believed.

     
  • Academy Award Winner Martin Scorsese and Paramount Pictures Release First Clip from “The Wolf of Wall Street”

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).   From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 1980s. 

     
  • Orange County Restaurant Week Returns

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Orange County Restaurant Week, the region's most celebrated culinary event for more than a decade, returns Sunday, March 3th through Saturday, March 9th with nearly 150 restaurants participating offering diners a wide variety of options.

     
  • World News: Israel Election Cliffhanger Has Bibi and Benny Deadlocked

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The results of the September 17 elections in Israel are a statistical tie. Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are tied within the margin of error constituting a tie. Each leader is now looking to make a deal with minority vote-getting Avigdor Liberman to form a coalition government with the needed 61-Knesset seat minimum.

     
  • Jealousy (La Jalousie) Review – Potential Passion Falls Flat

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Jealousy "La Jalousie," from Distrib Films and Director Philippe Garrel,  presents a self congratulatory look back at the power men have over the women who adore him and finally in full circle understands the all consuming power of the lover who leaves.

     
  • Deepwater Horizon Review - A Resonating Epic Disaster Action Film

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Deepwater Horizon, from Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, and Participant Media, reenacts the 2010 oil rig blowout that killed eleven men and spilled oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days creating one of the worst ecological disasters in history.