August 28, 2008

Two Case Western Reserve law professors release new books



Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor Michael P. Scharf has written a new book, Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein, while Professor of Law Wendy Wagner has co-authored Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research.

Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, will be releasing Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein on September 15, a book he co-authored with Michael A. Newton. Publishers Weekly states, "Law professors Newton and Scharf recount their involvement in the trial of Saddam Hussein, from the Iraqis' iconic removal of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdus Square in April 2003 to the deposed leader's chaotic hanging. Newton and Scharf helped write the rules of the Iraqi High Tribunal for the trial, giving them an insiders' view of the case. They candidly summarize the difficulties posed to courts and lawyers intent on bringing Hussein's crimes to light and exposing him to fair and unbiased judgment. Most illuminating is the day-by-day recounting of the tensest period of the trial, in a chapter aptly titled "Disorder in the Courtroom." They admit that the trial was "both revolutionary in its aspiration and at times rudimentary in its applications." Readers interested in the future of global jurisprudence will find much to ponder in this frank and detailed account." The book will be released by St. Martin's Press.

Wagner, who joined the environmental law program in July, recently co-authored a book with Thomas McGarity, Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research. They offer an in-depth and eye-opening view into the world of corporate and governmental abuse and the efforts made to prevent scientific discoveries from going public. Released by Harvard University Press, the publishing company writes that "Thomas O. McGarity and Wendy Wagner reveal the range of sophisticated legal and financial tactics political and corporate advocates use to discredit or suppress research on potential human health hazards. Scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the safety of chemical products. With alarming stories drawn from the public record, McGarity and Wagner describe how advocates attempt to bend science or "spin" findings. They reveal an immense range of tools available to shrewd partisans determined to manipulate research."

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, August 28, 2008 11:57 AM | News Topics: Authors, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research, news

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