Book Review: The Humanity of Justice by Burke Strunsky
The Humanity of Justice
By: Burke Strunsky
The Humanity of Justice is a procedural true-crime book told through the eyes and heart of a veteran criminal prosecutor who cares about the people he meets and their life-altering circumstances. Burke E. Strunsky, a senior deputy district attorney in southern California, takes the reader inside the courtroom for some of the most haunting criminal cases in the state as well as the nation.
I think I’ve mentioned before just how much I love reading and learning about real crimes! So, when I was offered to review this book, I jumped at the chance!!
The Humanity of Justice is a true-crime book that contains information about some of the biggest legal cases in our history. Written by Burke Strunsky, a senior deputy district attorney in LA, he has a unique take on legal cases, the people behind the scenes, the victims, criminals and families.
I learned so much from reading this book and gained a new understanding about many parts of the law. I really liked how Strunsky explained our Jury system, which he calls “The Heart of American Justice”. He explains how the jury, is actually the “we”, in “we the people” – which basically means that WE are the deciding factors in what punishment criminals receive. During the process of being a juror, even if you say you will be impartial, each of us have a moral compass and we use it everyday to make decisions – including in a juror room. Strunsky feels that having these morals is a necessary component that helps us process the information logically, and therein, make a decision based on not just the letter of the law, but the social and psychological implications as well.
I really enjoyed delving deeper into the intricacies of the law and how everyone involved, and their humanity (or lack there of) effects every aspect during a criminal trial. Two very big thumbs up! Loved it!
100% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to The Humanity Of Justice Foundation, that helps prevent child abuse and neglect.
About the Author:
Burke E. Strunsky is a senior deputy district attorney working in Riverside County, an hour east of Los Angeles. His office has one of the highest conviction rates in California, is the fourth largest in the state, and the fifteenth largest in the nation. The author specializes in homicide cases and crimes against children. His tenacious work ethic and impassioned attitude in the pursuit of pedophiles and murderers have earned him great respect and recognition in his field. In 2009 and 2011, the author was named Prosecutor of the Year. He has prosecuted defendants in extraordinary criminal cases that have been featured on national TV shows. Find out more about the author at: The Humanity of Justice website.