I'm not a fan of this time of year, mostly due to the holidays and, more specifically, the Christmas music that stores begin playing as early as November. However, most people feel otherwise, so I might as well try to take advantage of the "general mood." When you're buying holiday gifts this year, consider stuffing the stockings with a copy of my second book, Tried and Convicted: How Police, Prosecutors, and Judges Destroy Our Constitutional Rights (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012). But don't buy it on my recommendation; I'm somewhat biased. Instead, listen to Robert Worley at the International Criminal Justice Review, who recently wrote: "Throughout this book, Cicchini argues that Americans should have a healthy distrust of the criminal justice system. . . . I strongly recommend this book. Once I opened it, I literally could not stop reading." That is sweet music to an author's ears (or eyes). Now, buy the book and give it to loved ones so they can learn what really goes on in "the system," starting with the police investigation and moving all the way through trial and even appeal.
Oh, and happy holidays.