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FDL Book Salon: The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court

This salon will be rescheduled at the author’s request.

This is the first book to chronicle the history of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the most influential District court in the United States, from the perspective of a practicing attorney who has argued many cases before some of its most esteemed judges.

It gives first-hand insight into the evolution of our justice system—where it has been, where it is now and where it is going. It provides an anatomy of what a trial is all about in an American courtroom, featuring the most famous trials of the period in the greatest court in the nation. It gives the reader a taste of what the storied judges of the period— Weinfeld, Murphy, Mansfield, Tyler, Motley and Palmieri, to name a few—were all about, how they thought, how they judged, and why they were the worthy keepers of our sacred right to justice, as well as the historical traditions of the Court, including:

  • The trials of Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs
  • The “Pizza Connection” case, the longest criminal trial in American history
  • Libel cases involving Ariel Sharon and Time magazine, General Westmoreland and CBS, and others
  • Government obscenity suits against James Joyce’s Ulysses and the film Deep Throat
  • The U.S. government’s decision to try the 9/11 terrorists before a military commission, even though it originally indicted Osama bin Laden in the Southern District of New York

The Mother Court also gives the reader a taste of what the storied judges of the second half of the 20th century—Weinfeld, Murphy, Mansfield, Tyler, Motley, and Palmieri, to name just a few—were all about, how they thought, how they judged, and why they were and are the worthy keepers of our nation’s justice system.

Jim Zirin, author of The Mother Court–Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court, is host of the critically acclaimed television talk show, Conversations in the Digital Age, which can be seen weekly throughout the New York metropolitan area. The program has a potential viewing audience exceeding two million people.  He is a leading litigator, who has appeared in federal and state courts around the nation. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, having served in the Criminal Division of that office under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau. Zirin has written over 200 op-ed articles for Forbes, Barron’s, the LA Times, the London Times, the Washington Times, the New York Sun, the Nation, the Daily Beast and the New York Law Journal. (American Bar Association Publication)

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