In 1961, twenty-five-year-old Herbert Stern, fresh from reserve duty, stood in his green army uniform in a New York County courtroom to be sworn in as an attorney. He could only guess what his life as a prosecuting lawyer would be. A dozen years later, in the wake of the national scandal of Watergate, Stern, draped in black robes now, would take the oath of office as a federal judge. In the years between, the idealistic young Stern would sharpen his skills in the realities of the criminal courts of New York City, to emerge as the lead trial attorney for the Justice Department, charged with breaking the back of organized crime in New Jersey. Stern's highly charged account of his outright war against powerful state government officials and the mafia takes us deep inside the mechanisms of law and order during a time when assassinations came fast and loose, cities were burning in race riots, and racketeering and graft were so prevalent in the Garden State that its own senator called it a "stench in the nostrils and an offense to the vision of the world". Before Stern and his equally dedicated colleagues on the "strike force" out of Washington, D.C., were finished, they had successfully prosecuted the mayors of Jersey City, Newark, and Atlantic City for being on the take; taken down a congressman for conspiracy, tax violations, and perjury; and blackened the eye of organized crime.
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 792 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 160 mm
An honest examination of how the justice system really works in the minor criminal courts of New York City. . . .more than a page-turner of a true crime story. --The Star-Ledger
Stern is a fascinated observer, thoroughly honest in both his job and his writing about it....It details the gritty realities of a prosecutor's office that few people witness. --Philadelphia Inquirer