THE MOTHER COURT                                 JAMES D. ZIRIN
Posted:  Nov. 29, 2014

The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America's Greatest Trial CourtThis is the first book to chronicle the history of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the most influential District court in the United States, from the perspective of a practicing attorney who has argued many cases before some of its most esteemed judges. It gives first-hand insight into the evolution of our justice system where it has been, where it is now and where it is going. It provides an anatomy of what a trial is all about in an American courtroom, featuring the most famous trials of the period in the greatest court in the nation. It gives the reader a taste of what the storied judges of the period Weinfeld, Murphy, Mansfield, Tyler, Motley and Palmieri, to name a few were all about, how they thought, how they judged, and why they were the worthy keepers of our sacred right to justice, as well as the historical traditions of the Court." 

This book looks at the cases or some of the more important cases from the Southern District of New York. Which as it turns out is the most influential District Court in the United States. It is also the oldest and has ruled on many notable cases for decades. It seems every possible case has come through this court. Just about every story of some importance seems to have been tried at this court and the Author has argued in front of this court on numerous occasions to give the reader some back ground. He also touches on some of the more prominent Judges that have come from this Court, as well as, some of the more famous cases. He also looks into legal and judicial, from the past and to the future. This for me was not an easy read some of the information was dry, but I am from the legal field and I would have liked stories about more of the cases since this court has been around since 1789, but that is just me. I am more into the history and at times this book got a little to technical. Also it was not a book I could sit down and read all at once I had to take it chapter by chapter, but after saying all of that I still enjoyed this book and think that the subject matter is important. I never realized how many cases of all the different types of crimes went through their court and how a decision from this court affects or can affect all of us in the United States. I got this book from net galley.

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