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The Citebook

Review by Paul Wright

The Citebook is a 275 page book written by Tony Darwin designed to help laypersons help themselves in researching their litigation. Now in its eleventh printing the book is organized by subject and gives a brief description of relevant cases. This book is in a category of its own. While the Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual describes prisoners' rights and tells you how to litigate your claims, this book only lists case law, hence the title.

Its main usefulness will be to litigants who need a quick starting point in their legal research. While it contains a great deal of criminal and prison related cases the book contains citations of case law relevant to citizens interested in knowing what their rights are in a variety of situations: consumer protection, bankruptcy, credit agencies, landlord tenant, insurance, IRS, workers compensation, real estate, etc. Prisoners will find useful the chapters dealing with habeas corpus, parole, prison regulations, sentencing, mail censorship, pro se complaints, cruel and unusual punishment, disciplinary hearings and much more.

While this book is not intended to replace more extensive case law digests it provides a handy reference source. It is also easy to read and gives a brief synopsis of relevant cases. The book contains useful appendices listing all federal courts, federal agencies and federal prisons. I bought a copy of the book several years ago and would do so again. Cost is $27.45, including shipping. Contact: Starlite Inc., P.O. Box 20004, Dept. 34, St. Petersburg, FL. 33742. 1-800-577-2929. Starlite also sells a variety of other self help books.

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