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    John Henry Browne(Author)

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In the tradition of bestselling legal memoirs from Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Gerry Spence, and Alan Dershowitz, John Henry Browne's memoir, The Devil's Defender, recounts his tortuous education in what it means to be an advocate--and a human being.

For the last four decades, the Seattle-based criminal defense lawyer has defended the indefensible. From Facebook folk hero "the Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore, to Benjamin Ng of the Wah Mee massacre, to Kandahar massacre culprit Sgt. Robert Bales, Brown has stood at the forefront of our national debate over the death penalty, putting on trail our most base and violent instincts--and the institutional deficiencies that let our most vulnerable fall through the cracks. His unceasing advocacy and the daring to take on some of the most unwinnable cases--and nearly win them all--has led 48 Hours' Peter Van Sant to call him "the most famous lawyer in America."

But although the Browne that America has come to know cuts a dashing and confident figure, he has forever been haunted by his job as counsel to Ted Bundy, the most famous serial killer in American history. A formerly drug- and alcohol-addicted (yet wildly successful) defense attorney who could never let go of the case that started it all, Browne here traces the roots of his discontent as well as his dedication, asking himself the question others have asked him all along: Does defending evil make you evil, too?

John is not only brilliant and thoughtful, he s also a wonderfully entertaining writer. He s a fine lawyer too, a storyteller with an artist s sense of the drama in the pursuit of justice. Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award winning screenwriter"Even though I usually side with the prosecution s case, I ve been impressed with John Henry s brilliance, charisma, and willingness to take on seemingly impossible challenges. His clients include some of the most publicized names in criminal law. What many people don t know is Browne, the man. This memoir is beautifully written, unveiling his struggles with conscience, his years as a rock musician, and his interactions with Ted Bundy. Secrets about Bundy appear here for the first time things that even I didn t know about. A compelling tour de force! Ann Rule, NewYork Times bestselling author"John Henry Browne s career has included some of the most prominent and compelling criminal cases of our time. In this engaging page-turner he has done the public a real service in providing important behind-the-scenes details only known to him, along with his unique, incisive perspectives. Rare for books of this type, he is unflinching in his take on his (numerous) legal adversaries and equally on himself. Richard S. Adler, M.D., forensic and clinical psychiatrist "John Henry Browne writes like a force of nature because he is one. The charismatic, polarizing rock-star defense lawyer has written an edge-of-your-seat account of his wonderfully strange life and exploits in and out of the courtroom, from babysitting Jimi Hendrix to defending the indefensible, including the likes of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (the soldier accused of murdering sixteen Afghan men, women and children in the so-called Kandahar Massacre), and Colton Harris-Moore (the Barefoot Bandit ), among many, many others. What is most remarkable about The Devil s Defender is not just that it reads like the thriller it actually is but also that what emerges after the smoke clears is a portrait of a genuine American hero, who believes above all else that everyone no matter how apparently reprehensible deserves the very best defense our legal system can offer. Matthew Carnahan, creator/showrunner, Showtime s House of Lies""John is not only brilliant and thoughtful, he's also a wonderfully entertaining writer. He's a fine lawyer too, a storyteller with an artist's sense of the drama in the pursuit of justice." --Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter"Even though I usually side with the prosecution's case, I've been impressed with John Henry's brilliance, charisma, and willingness to take on seemingly impossible challenges. His clients include some of the most publicized names in criminal law. What many people don't know is Browne, the man. This memoir is beautifully written, unveiling his struggles with conscience, his years as a rock musician, and his interactions with Ted Bundy. Secrets about Bundy appear here for the first time--things that even I didn't know about. A compelling tour de force!" --Ann Rule, NewYork Times bestselling author"John Henry Browne's career has included some of the most prominent and compelling criminal cases of our time. In this engaging page-turner he has done the public a real service in providing important behind-the-scenes details only known to him, along with his unique, incisive perspectives. Rare for books of this type, he is unflinching in his take on his (numerous) legal adversaries and equally on himself." --Richard S. Adler, M.D., forensic and clinical psychiatrist"John Henry Browne writes like a force of nature because he is one. The charismatic, polarizing rock-star defense lawyer has written an edge-of-your-seat account of his wonderfully strange life and exploits in and out of the courtroom, from babysitting Jimi Hendrix to defending the indefensible, including the likes of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (the soldier accused of murdering sixteen Afghan men, women and children in the so-called Kandahar Massacre), and Colton Harris-Moore (the "Barefoot Bandit"), among many, many others. What is most remarkable about The Devil's Defender is not just that it reads like the thriller it actually is but also that what emerges after the smoke clears is a portrait of a genuine American hero, who believes above all else that everyone--no matter how apparently reprehensible--deserves the very best defense our legal system can offer." --Matthew Carnahan, creator/showrunner, Showtime's House of Lies"A suprisingly personal look at the man behind the legal briefs." --Seattle Weekly

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • John Henry Browne(Author)
  • Chicago Review Press (1 Aug. 2016)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Nicola Mansfield on 31 August 2016

    A very compelling book that had me turning the pages quickly. I've never read a lawyer's book before except ones by the prosecutor of a big case such as Vincent Bugliosi's books. But the thought of reading about the defending lawyer of people he knows are guilty, some of them having committed heinous crimes intrigued me. Why do these people do what they do if they are not just scumbags, too? John Henry Browne got me to read his book because he defends guilty people who will be facing the death penalty. His job ... to stop the murderous cycle and get the perpetrators a life sentence instead. These aren't the only cases he takes but it's a big part of what he does. Myself, I am adamantly against capital punishment but am glad Browne does the job and not me. He retells his famous trials and his addictions to drug, alcohol and his ego. This is all very fascinating and he made me aware of a couple cases I didn't know so well. Browne writes well but he still obviously has an ego which makes him a little hard to take at times telling us how great he simply is. The Ted Bundy parts are the meat though and brought some new perspective to his case for me. Ultimately, though, the book made me think about my beliefs and consider the legal system and its corruptness.


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