Monday, August 25, 2014

The Humanity of Justice Book Review

The Humanity of Justice

By Burke E. Strunsky

Against the backdrop of his most haunting, high-profile murder and child abuse cases, a veteran prosecutor goes beyond an insider’s reflection to shine a light on the human like qualities personified in the U.S. criminal justice system and what this means for our future. 

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, including: a highly respected church leader who brutally murders his wife for the insurance money while their baby sleeps peacefully in another room; a twisted father who sexually molests his daughter’s own friends at her slumber parties; a former police chief who drowns his wife of thirty years in their backyard spa; and a young man who sadistically tortures and kills a helpless three-year-old boy, yet manages to dodge the death penalty. 

Strunsky’s own impassioned social and moral commentary is woven throughout this thought-provoking book on issues significant to the world of criminal justice. Even in the midst of the darkest stories, the voices and courage of the victims and those who love them will leave the reader touched and inspired. 

100% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to The Humanity of Justice Foundation, a non-profit organization, to help prevent child abuse and neglect.


I learned many things pertaining to court proceedings and the law from this book.  The author has extensive experience through the office of district attorney.  While I read each case he presented, I felt horrified. These innocent children were never given a chance from the beginning. I could feel his compassion and helplessness for the victims through his words.  I was feeling the same.

I liked hearing about how every word and gesture in the courtroom has meaning, and him explaining it. These were things I never knew or even thought about. I was glad to hear that he trusts that the members of each jury truly try to do what’s right. Until now, I wasn't so sure about that.  I was appalled to hear how certain religious organizations handle molestation and how they have procedures to protect the molester.

He describes in plain words things like corruption, circumstantial evidence, gun control, and even how murder has more definition than the obvious. These discussions made me realize that there are a lot more gray areas than I ever realized.

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.

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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.

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