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Discovery and Proof in Police Misconduct

Book Review

Review by Allan Parmelee

Litigating any issue against a police or prison official is tough based on the many loopholes built into the system for their benefit. Discovery & Proof in Police Misconduct Cases (D&PPMC) by Stephen Ryals, shows actual examples of the necessary elements of a complaint for various issues, and even includes examples of discovery and often overlooked sources of information. This book discusses in detail the pleading requirements and core elements of § 1983 claims with samples of most types of complaints relative to police and prison guard misconduct.

This book, compared to other legal resources, is easy to read and includes a level of detail even non-lawyers will easily understand. The D&PPMC discussion of liability against supervisory officials and conspiracy claims is explained together with sample motions to compel discovery, and includes primary analysis of overcoming defense objections to plaintiff discovery. D&PPMC also discusses expert witnesses and statistical proof, along with the defense perspective that is important for a plaintiff to understand. The book also includes a section on pretrial preparation and taking a case to trial.

To assist in bringing a case against law enforcement officers or prison guards, the samples and extensive case law provided make this book essential for any law library. Highly recommended. 669 pages, hardcover. Cost: $130.00. Order from: John Wiley & Sons, 1 Wiley Dr. Somerset, NJ 08875. (908) 469-4400.

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