Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: Have Gavel, Will Travel by Robert Braithwaite

Book Description:

What happens in a national park doesn't stay in a national park. It often ends up in Robert Braithwaite's courtroom-or sometimes on his kitchen table. Over a lifetime of administering justice, he saw everything from canoodling nudes to sheep hunters with drones to downright dangerous drug cartels. This collection of cases is so outrageous and bizarre you'll have to read it to believe it.

About the Author:

In a twenty-seven year judicial career, Robert Braithwaite has been a circuit judge, a district judge, a juvenile judge, and is now a U. S. magistrate judge. He has heard cases ranging from parking tickets to divorce to rape and murder. As a part-time magistrate judge he now hears criminal cases arising in the southern half of Utah, usually occurring in five National Parks, National Forests and federal lands. Needless to say, he rides a circuit, hearing cases in four diverse locations: St. George, Big Water, Moab, and Salt Lake City.
He lives in Cedar City with his wife who is an artist. Together they have raised four children.

Book Review:

This was a fun book to read. This book gives the reader an interesting insight into life as a judge, written in an entertaining way. Even at the end, when the author lists several legal terms and explains their meaning, his dry sense of humor comes out. I enjoyed reading all of the various anecdotes of life in the courtroom. There is some minor swearing sprinkled throughout the book.

Title: Have Gavel, Will Travel
Author: Robert Braithwaite
Publisher: Plain Sight
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 1462115934
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.

Purchase: Amazon