American Law: Instrument of Progress or Weapon of Oppression? William Lerach -- A Life In The Law

American Law: Instrument of Progress or Weapon of Oppression? William Lerach -- A Life In The Law

First Aired: 2/15/2016

Length: 59 minutes


Former lawyer on ideals and realities of justice system.
 
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Former litigator William S. Lerach explores the chasm between the ideals and the reality of the American legal system, one that promises equal access and accountability but often shields the financial elite from civil liability and criminal prosecution. Drawing on his extensive experience with class action lawsuits, Lerach shows how major court decisions have skewed toward defendants over time, even when evidence confirmed their participation in illegal activity. Lerach also condemns recent judicial decisions that have spared police officers from punishment for incidents that have led to the deaths of unarmed African-Americans. This is the first in a new series from UC San Diego -- A Life in the Law: Practitioners Reflecting on Law and the Legal Process on American Life.
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