The United States of America Versus Theodore John Kaczynski: Ethics, Power and the Invention of the Unabomber

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9781893956018: The United States of America Versus Theodore John Kaczynski: Ethics, Power and the Invention of the Unabomber

Sifting through the mountains of evidence and hype surrounding the "Unabomber" case, the author analyzes the "non-trial" of Ted Kaczynski, revealing the ideological forces that drove him to commit his crimes and the bumbling legal proceedings that accompanied his trial. 25,000 first printing.

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The Unabomber case both captivated and worried Americans, prodded by extensive media coverage of his 17-year-long spree of terrorist "anti-technology" attacks. Few of us were prepared to deal with the likes of a Ted Kaczynski--who he was, what he did, what he believed in and stood for. When Kaczynski emerged from hiding in his absurd shack in the mountains with his piles of anti-technology literature, the image of the unruly bearded man in a bright orange jumpsuit burned into our collective unconscious. We haven't yet been able to shake the sight. Such is Michael Mello's thesis, which he elaborates in this masterful account of the legal side of the Unabomber story. Mello, both an accomplished journalist and a notorious defense attorney (he represented serial killer Ted Bundy), actually spent time as an advisor to the Kaczynski defense team during pretrial proceedings; his perceptions are, he freely admits, skewed toward the defense in this case, particularly in matters of procedure. Yet the book never reads like propaganda. Instead, Mello opens up new lines of inquiry into the manner in which the United States government handled its prosecution of the case. With a biting, trenchant approach, he unfolds layer upon layer of the fascinating case and opens it to public view. He also constructs an eerie parallel between Kaczynski's case and abolitionist John Brown, who was executed by the government in the 19th century after his raid on Harpers Ferry. Is it fair, Mello asks, that we should remember Brown as a civil rights martyr and Kaczynski as a comical, albeit defanged, monster? This is fascinating reading, regardless of whether or not you agree with Mello's take on the case. --Tjames Madison

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On January 22, 1998, after a dramatic behind-the-scenes legal struggle, Montana recluse Theodore Kaczynski entered an unconditional plea of guilt in exchange for three life sentences. There were competing views on Kaczynski: hero of radical environmentalism, paranoid schizophrenic, insidious sociopath, revolutionary, Machiavellian genius. Only one thing was clear: Ted Kaczynski did not get his day in court.

"From the beginning," Michael Mello writes, "the Unabomber case was about power." The proceedings have long been over, but many questions remain. Should court-appointed attorneys be allowed to force a defense on a client who specifically rejects it? Can a mentally competent citizen-accused be denied the right to self-representation? Is it possible to simultaneously oppose the death penalty and advocate a convicted criminal's right to attorney-assisted suicide? This book examines these difficult issues with penetrating insight and uncompromising candor.

Drawing parallels to the 1859 trial of John Brown, whose famous raid on Harper's Ferry and subsequent execution galvanized opinion on the eve of the Civil War, Mello explores the subtle entanglements of ideology, psychiatry, and law. Brown's trial set the stage for the abolition of slavery. More than a century later, our courts willingly censored a notorious political criminal. Could Kaczynski's trial have sparked a new environmentalism?

This is the story of a court system that lost sight of its constitutional duties. Mello traces a path through the ethical hall of mirrors created by Kaczynski's capital defense to expose the conflicts of interest and the ideological underpinnings that led to the plea he now seeks to vacate.

Other details of the proceedings, such as the prosecution's plan to use Kaczynski's private journals, are equally disturbing. Mello analyzes the private diaries of public figures including Anne Frank, Ronald Reagan, Mary Chestnut, and Bob Packwood, raising troubling questions about our Constitution's ability to protect individual privacy.

Here is the first serious analysis of one of the century's most talked-about criminal cases. Mello masterfully exposes the Court's failure to come to terms with an enigmatic citizen-accused who has yet to be tried in a court of law.

Former capital public defender Michael Mello has worked for many high-profile clients including Ted Bundy, Paul Hill, and "Crazy Joe" Spaziano. He was also an informal advisor to Kaczynski's defense. Currently Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, Mello is the award-winning author of "Against the Death Penalty: The Relentless Dissents of Justices Brennan and Marshall" and the critically-acclaimed "Dead Wrong: A Death Row Lawyer Speaks Out Against Capital Punishment."

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