Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice
Date: November 2020
Duration: 6 hours 43 minutes
Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight-until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn't commit. The Volokh Conspiracy calls Butler's account of his trial 'the most riveting first chapter I have ever read.'
In a book Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree calls 'a must read,' Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system-as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police-and explores what 'doing the right thing' means in a corrupt system.
Since Let's Get Free's publication in spring 2009, Butler has become the go-to person for commentary on criminal justice and race relations: he appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, and Fox News, published op-eds in the New York Times and other national papers, and is in demand to speak across the country. The audio edition brings Butler's groundbreaking and highly controversial arguments-jury nullification (voting 'not guilty' in drug cases as a form of protest), just saying 'no' when the police request your permission to search, and refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor-to a whole new audience.