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Book Review Judge Debra H. Goldstein Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure By Leslie Budewitz Quill Driver Books/Linden Publishing 2011 What do the books of John Grisham, and criminal procedure, penalties, and le- Scott Turow, Richard North Patterson, gal settings. and Margaret Maron all have in common? Each of their works contains crimes and courtrooms. Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedures by law- yer and mystery writer Leslie Budewitz is a defi nitive writer’s reference to legal terminology, crimes, and the correct pro- points that might otherwise have been cedures for criminal investigations and Author, Leslie Budewitz with Judge Goldstein boring. Budewitz also provides some of trials. In this 2011 Agatha Non-Fiction Books, Crooks and Counselors is divided her favorite legal humor including “Did Award-winning book, Budewitz uses real into twelve chapters addressing more than you hear the one about the lawyer who cases, statutes, movies, and television pro- 160 legal topics in a relaxed authoritative quit his practice to write a novel – be- grams to help writers avoid legal errors in style. It incorporates questions, answers, cause he wanted to make a lot of money?” works of fi ction. Budewitz distinguishes and examples. Th e caselaw, literary, movie Books, Crooks and Counselors should be in the application of federal and state law and television examples chosen by Bude- the library of a lawyer wanting to write or while explaining the intricacies of civil witz eff ectively highlight procedural legal a writer striving for legal accuracy. G continued from page 14 Did You Know? Tidbits and Whatnots from the World of a Divorce Lawyer …Th at the presence of a signed …Th at when a parent has been interest that is due on a payment that wastion should not deprive the child of the return of service is prima facie evidence order to pay or contribute to a child’s owed for their of the fact of service, but the converse is extraordinary medical, dental or other benefi t? See not also true? Th e lack of a signed return health-related expenses not covered by Maloney v. Pa- of service does not compel the conclusion insurance, the trial court must award in- pie, 95 So. 3d 9 that service was not perfected and does terest on the amount it determines a par- (Ala. Civ. App. not require a trial court to ignore other ent owes for such past-due expenses even 2012). G evidence tending to prove the face of ser- if the other parent fails to provide the bills vice. See Hooie v. Barksdale, 93 So. 3d 942 to the obligor parent or demand payment (Ala. Civ. App. 2012). of those expenses, as that parent’s inac- Contributor Charles H. Dunn 18 Birmingham Bar Association


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