Elaine Halleck,Alex Landon's A Parallel Universe PDF

By Elaine Halleck,Alex Landon

ISBN-10: 0982734379

ISBN-13: 9780982734377

Literary Nonfiction (Criminal legislations, Race family members, U.S. Political History). modern Fiction. a different mixing of nonfiction (the protection lawyer's viewpoint) and fiction (the writer's view) on a subject of devastating predicament to sufferers, the accused and, strangely, the entire remainder of us. Alex Landon (the legal professional) and Elaine Halleck (the novelist) discover a tricky subject — the impression of legislation enacted within the aftermath of brutal and sensationalized crimes, often murders of white childrens — on these accused of lesser intercourse crimes and on society as an entire. the 2 authors' debts "parallel" each other, describing accused humans exiled into "a parallel universe" the place ideas enshrined within the American dream are ignored.

Two stories of public folly and private devastation

In this genre-busting morality story, authors take the reader on unforeseen trips — unforeseen simply because they oppose monstrous and imprecise perceptions which are themselves embraced with ethical fervor.

The timeline of either the fictitious and nonfictional tale starts in 2000 and traverses a worried decade. The "millennium malicious program" does not materialize, however the 11th of September assaults do, bringing a stampede of apocalyptic horsemen — affliction scares, financial malaise, a mindless conflict and simmering racism.

The surroundings of either stories is generally California, acknowledged to be the way forward for the realm. right here, helicopters pursuing "illegal aliens," scrambling jet combatants, and black towers beaming Amber indicators preside over 14-lane freeways. This panorama is convulsed at times by way of abductions of photogenic children — infrequent tragedies which are crafted into media tsunamis bringing of their wake “designer legislation” that finally make issues worse.

The panorama is highlighted through a photograph: a blonde, Sunday university instructor stares at a working laptop or computer, her hand protecting her mouth, whereas a sheriff indicates her “Megan’s list,” a database profiling one out of each one hundred thirty five California males — that could contain stuck along with his underage female friend, or a guy who took a leak in a box close to the Mexican border. open air the picture body are those that enabled it: politicians molding incorrect information into photographs starring themselves as saviors. “An typical intercourse criminal, of their lifetime, commits 360 intercourse offenses," claims one.

Thus is created a category of guys who dwell in worry of a knock at the door, don’t get jobs and are pushed from their houses. One is Danny Fernandez, a unmarried father who clings to the yank dream whilst a witch hunt exiles him right into a parallel universe the place ideas enshrined in that dream are ignored.

Alex Landon is an legal professional focusing on legal legislation. he's an accessory professor on the college of San Diego college of legislations, instructing Corrections and Sentencing for 26 years; prior president of California lawyers for legal Justice and the San Diego legal safety Bar organization; and previous govt Director of the Defenders application of San Diego, Inc. he's a widespread speaker at seminars and public programs. 

Elaine Halleck is a journalist, photograph dressmaker and linguist. She has contributed to courses together with the (Detroit) Metro occasions, the Tokyo magazine, the Sacramento information and overview and the Guadalajara Reporter.

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