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SIX CAPSULES: THE GILDED AGE MURDER OF HELEN POTTS

As Ted Bundy was to the latter half of the twentieth century, so Carlyle Harris was to the latter half of the nineteenth. Harris, a brilliant, charismatic, handsome young medical student with an insatiable appetite for sexual conquest, left a trail of debauched women wherever he went. The trail came to an end with Helen Potts, a beautiful young daughter of wealth and privilege who was determined to keep herself pure for marriage. Unable to conquer her by any other means, Harris talked her into a secret marriage under assumed names, and when she became inconvenient, he poisoned her. The resulting trial garnered nationwide headlines and launched the careers of two of New York's most famous prosecutors, Francis L. Wellman and William Travers Jerome.

PRAIRIE DEFENDER: THE MURDER TRIALS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

According to the conventional wisdom, Abraham Lincoln didn't like to try criminal cases, wasn't very good at trying criminal cases, and was especially bad at defending murder cases. This book seeks to correct the conventional wisdom and show Lincoln to be a very good criminal defense attorney.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOST FAMOUS CASE: THE ALMANAC TRIAL

Examines the prosecution of People v. Armstrong. Looks at the commission of the crime itself, Lincoln's successful defense, at how the story of the trial captured the popular imagination, and how the story acquired its mythical elements.

THE LAST MURDER: THE INVESTIGATION, PROSECUTION, AND EXECUTION OF TED BUNDY

"The reader learns not only how the investigation and prosecution of a complex circumstantial case is put together, but also the terrifying truth that there is often a gap between what we know and what we can prove."
–Michael L. Seigel, Research Foundation Prof. of Law, University of Florida

CROSS EXAMINATION HANDBOOK: PERSUASION, STRATEGIES, AND TECHNIQUES

Take decisive control in cross-examination. All the skills and strategies you need are here in the Cross-Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies and Techniques. Straightforward step-by-step instruction combined with outstanding examples from illustrious trials.

PROSECUTION PRINCIPLES: A CLINICAL HANDBOOK

This handbook explores every aspect of the prosecutor's multiple roles, relating them to commonly encountered real-world situations and giving pragmatic guidance for dealing with those situations. It investigates the history, theory, and philosophy of prosecution and provides the student with a conceptual framework for employing sound techniques of ethical prosecutorial advocacy. By looking at each stage of the criminal prosecution from the unique vantage point of the prosecutor, it enables students to receive maximum benefit from the clinical setting and prepares them for the efficient discharge of their duties as entry-level prosecutors.

THE CASE AGAINST CHRIST: A CRITIQUE OF THE PROSECUTION OF JESUS

Some two thousand years ago, in a small province of the Roman Empire, an obscure Roman governor ordered the execution of a peasant leader. It went virtually unnoticed at the time. No official report of the event has survived, and we would have no memory at all of it except for the efforts of a handful of followers of the condemned man. Those followers who kept that memory alive changed the course of history, and the results of their efforts continue to reverberate to this day.

Conventional interpretation says that the execution of Jesus of Nazareth came on the heels of a series illegal trials before a number of different tribunals, and at the culmination of that series of trials a moral coward by the name of Pontius Pilate ordered Jesus’ execution despite being satisfied that he was innocent. Revisionist interpretation says that there was no trial at all, that Pilate simply executed Jesus because he was a nuisance, and that Jesus’ followers invented the story of his execution as a means of shifting the blame from the Roman government to a group of people whom they despised—the Jews.

Are the Gospels good history or bad propaganda? Does a fair reading of the Gospel accounts support either the conventional or the revisionist interpretation of the trial of Jesus? Who, if anyone, should shoulder the blame for the crucifixion of Jesus? The Case against Christ seeks to answer these questions by treating the matter as a forensic death investigation and answering the questions as they might be answered by a prosecutor attempting to determine who should be held criminally responsible for the death of Jesus.

CHRONICLES OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS

An experimental volume I self-published which tells the stories of some of the cases I handled during my 32 year career as a trial lawyer.

MISCELLANEOUS EBOOKS

Miscellaneous works of uneven quality published in ebook format.