Rothwax's New Book Sparks Legal Debate

Photograph: Harold J. Rothwax. Photo Credit: Joe Pineiro.

Harold J. Rothwax, Law '58, justice of the New York State Supreme Court and author of the recently published Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal Justice, will be the featured speaker at a Law School panel of criminal law experts Apr. 24.

The panel will debate the controversial points raised in Justice Rothwax's book. The event will begin at 6:30 P.M. in the School of International Affairs, room 1510.

Justice Rothwax's re-marks will be followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Gerard E. Lynch '75. Panelists will include Debra Livingston, associate professor of law; H. Richard Uviller, Arthur Levitt Professor of Law, and Rena Katz Uviller '62, judge, the Court of Claims.

Justice Rothwax's book portrays the criminal-justice system as one in which the guilty are protected without regard to justice or common sense.

He advocates the elimination of the exclusionary rule, speedy trial acts, and non-unanimous juries. He is a long-time adjunct member of the Law School faculty.

Columbia University Record -- April 19, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 24