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By Nelson Johnson

New Jersey’s felony procedure used to be plagued with injustices from the time the procedure used to be verified during the mid-twentieth century. In Battleground New Jersey, historian and writer of Boardwalk Empire, Nelson Johnson chronicles reforms to the procedure throughout the dramatic tales of Arthur T. Vanderbilt—the first leader justice of the state’s modern-era excellent Court—and Frank Hague—legendary mayor of Jersey urban. of the main robust politicians in twentieth-century the USA, Vanderbilt and Hague clashed on concerns of public coverage and over the necessity to reform New Jersey’s antiquated and corrupt courtroom procedure. Their battles made headlines and at last ended in felony reform, reworking New Jersey’s courtroom approach into the most very popular in America.


Vanderbilt’s energy got here via gaining knowledge of the legislations, serving as dean of latest York college legislation tuition, preaching court docket reform as president of the yank Bar organization, and organizing suburban electorate ahead of different politicians famous their value. Hague, a remarkably winning sixth-grade dropout, accumulated his strength by means of exploiting people’s foibles, crushing his opponents, gathering a fortune via extortion, subverting the legislation, and taking good care of enterprise in his personal yard. They have been diverse ethnically, culturally, and temperamentally, yet they shared the pursuits of power.



Relying upon formerly unexamined own records of Vanderbilt, Johnson’s attractive chronicle unearths the hatred the legal professional had for the mayor and the lengths Vanderbilt went to for you to ruin Hague. Battleground New Jersey illustrates the trouble in adapting govt to a altering international, and the very important position of autonomous courts in American society. 

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