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    Jerome F Buting(Author) Sean Pratt(Reader)

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Interweaving his account of the Steven Avery trial at the heart of Making a Murderer with other high profile cases from his criminal defense career, attorney Jerome F. Buting explains the flaws in America’s criminal justice system and lays out a provocative, persuasive blue-print for reform.

Over his career, Jerome F. Buting has spent hundreds of hours in courtrooms representing defendants in criminal trials. When he agreed to join Dean Strang as co-counsel for the defense in Steven A. Avery vs. State of Wisconsin, he knew a tough fight lay ahead. But, as he reveals in Illusion of Justice, no-one could have predicted just how tough and twisted that fight would be—or that it would become the center of the documentary Making a Murderer, which made Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey household names and thrust Buting into the spotlight.

Buting’s powerful, riveting boots-on-the-ground narrative of Avery’s and Dassey’s cases becomes a springboard to examine the shaky integrity of law enforcement and justice in the United States, which Buting has witnessed firsthand for more than 35 years. From his early career as a public defender to his success overturning wrongful convictions working with the Innocence Project, his story provides a compelling expert view into the high-stakes arena of criminal defense law; the difficulties of forensic science; and a horrifying reality of biased interrogations, coerced or false confessions, faulty eyewitness testimony, official misconduct, and more.

Combining narrative reportage with critical commentary and personal reflection, Buting explores his professional and personal motivations, career-defining cases—including his shocking fifteen-year-long fight to clear the name of another man wrongly accused and convicted of murder—and what must happen if our broken system is to be saved. Taking a place beside Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow, Illusion of Justice is a tour-de-force from a relentless and eloquent advocate for justice who is determined to fulfill his professional responsibility and, in the face of overwhelming odds, make America’s judicial system work as it is designed to do.

“Buting commands attention with his account of Steven Avery’s trial.…. [He] uses his expertise to make a convincing case…. A compelling portrait of the mechanisms of building a murder defense. A fantastic look behind the scenes of the U.S. justice system.” (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Kazzy on 6 June 2017

    Illusion of Justice is an engaging read from start to finish. Every time I picked it up, I found it difficult to tear myself away. Within the pages is a fascinating look at the workings of the criminal justice system, and an eye-opening glimpse at its many flaws.This book doesn't just cover the well-documented Avery case, but other cases too, and it's heartbreaking to know so many people are wrongfully convicted of crimes, and that evidence can so easily be manipulated or twisted, or even completely disregarded.Illusion of Justice also offers insight into Mr Buting's real life, some of it painfully sad at times, but also peppered with humor, and most of all, love.A truly great read.

  • By The Plough and The Stars on 22 May 2017

    Jerry Buting's "Illusion of Justice: Inside Making A Murderer and America's Broken System" should be compulsory reading for all US citizens, not least being the fact that 1 in 10 people are currently incarerated in the security-industrial complex's Gulag Archipelago via that same very 'broken system'. Jerry's book is not simply a one-dimensional 'insider view' of the groundbreaking 'Making a Murderer' docuseries that many of us binge-watched, although any fan of that docuseries will find it invaluable reading revealing crucial details not included in the series such as the almost pugilistic meeting in chambers with Kratz. However, 'Illusion of Justice' is in part biographical; part case studies including the Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey miscarriages of justice but also those of other defendants some similary wrongfully convicted, some guilty and interweaved throughout each compelling thread from the first Uppercase letter to the last period/full stop is Jerry's very rational, very compelling and adroit indictment of the USA's criminal justice system. One does not need any personal or direct link to the criminal law system to understand Jerry's thesis in 'Illusion of Justice' as it is very much legalese free with what little legal terminology used being adequately explained by the author. The reader may come away feeling that their imagined faith in the equity of the Judicial component of their Government has been rocked while others may have their own bleak experiences with the 'justice' system very much confirmed but everyone, irrespective of jurisdiction, will have no doubt that the title of the author's book was aptly chosen.Mr Buting articulates passionately that the spirit of the Criminal Justice system, that the Bill of Rights' 4th and 5th Amendments should be applied not just to those who are wealthy but that it protect all citizens irrespective of their bank balances, or lack thereof, otherwise what really exists are merely privileges available only to the few. Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System

  • By Shirecroft on 8 May 2017

    Jerry Buting's book covers not only the Steven Avery case, but also that of Ralph Armstrong. It gives us a brief glimpse into his personal world, his marriage, his recovery from a deadly disease, his children, and his work with Dean Strang, who he clearly holds in very high esteem.Very well written, this book is a must-have for followers of the Avery case, whichever side of the fence you happen to be sitting on. Worth every penny.

  • By John on 3 July 2017

    The book is an excellent purchase for fans of 'Making A Murderer', offering an insight into what made the events of the documentary possible and a really informed, close-up angle from which to view the trial. However, Jerry also takes the opportunity to consider forensic science more widely and offer a seldomly made critique of the practice. If you're sceptical of the reliability of courtroom forensics, the book is well worth the cover price. If like many you're an avid believer in the practice, then it will be the best investment you'll have made in some time.Great piece of work and well worth reading.

  • By Elaine on 20 April 2017

    After seeing him live, couldn't wait to read the book. Highly intelligent, personable, interesting, funny, moral man. The book is his story, not just Steven Avery's, and it is every bit as interesting. Loved Buting, loved the book

  • By Ernest Boyd on 31 July 2017

    A terrific insight into the American justice system. Well written and it was interesting to get the view from the defence perspective who I tend to suspect are looking after the bad guys all the time. It was also good to see that there are still people with integrity out there of which Jerome is clearly one. Great Read.

  • By Guest on 5 March 2017

    Worth buying if you are a fan of the Netflix show, to hear the story from the inside. Definitely won't be buying the Kenneth Kratz book

  • By Kindle Customer on 3 March 2017

    Obviously I came to this because of the whole making a murderer phenomenon, but the book deals with the system as a whole and is not focussed on Avery solely. Really enjoyable to read and plenty of eye opening facts


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