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The Insanity Defense

In Memoriam American Heroes Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield: The Insanity of the Insanity Defense By Robert K. Tanenbaum Presented with the tragic murders of American heroes, Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, we, the People, are witnessing yet again another painful example of the “insanity” of the insanity defense. The demonic defendant, Eddie Ray Routh, […]

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American Exceptionalism

February 27, 2015 When asked whether he believes in America exceptionalism, President Obama responded, yes, just like the Brits and Greeks do about themselves.  Demonstrably, Mr. Obama misunderstands the historical and religious origins of this exceptionalist concept. For it is not a self-serving, ego-centric, arrogant construct rooted in a delusional sense of superiority. American exceptionalism’s […]

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Five Best: Robert Tanenbaum – The former assistant district attorney for New York County and author of the novel “Tragic” recommends books on the pursuit of justice.

Click here to view the article on Wall Street Journal. Contempt of Court By Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips Jr. (1999) 1. This compelling history lays out the facts of the case that led to the establishment of a defendant’s right to seek federal-court redress if his constitutional rights had been violated during state-court criminal-trial […]

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Sitting on the Witness stand in Federal Court

On the Witness Stand with Butch Karp

An excerpt from Tanenbaum’s book, TRAGIC – On the Witness Stand: “You just had a hard time believing it so you dismissed it?” Karp asked. “That’s right.” “Did you tell anybody about this alleged conversation with Vince Carlotta after he was murdered and police were looking for suspects?” Rubio’s eye flicked over to Kowalski and […]

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Butch Karp and the American Justice System

Karp’s Sense of Justice

  Justice is looking at both sides of what’s happening in a situation. Look at the facts. Be as firm and resolute as possible with the real bad actors, the violent criminals, the manipulators. With those who are young and/or have experienced terrible oppression, your charcter and manner must be tempered with a sensitivity and […]

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Ex-Viet Cong Assassin, Tran, is 100% loyal to the Karp family

How Tran Fits into Marlene and Butch’s Life

  Tran was a Viet Cong assassin who got out of Nam and came to America.  He is 100% loyal to the Karps, and particularly Marlene and Lucy. Some people have asked me why and how I chose Tran, a former VC guerilla, as a character.  I’ll tell you why.  I wanted to humanize an […]

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Dogs love and devotions is very touching

A Dog’s Love is a Thing of Beauty

Marlene’s dog is beautiful.  So are non-fictional dogs. Dogs are wonderful creatures.  They’re very understanding, and they know how to read people.  A dog calms people and nurtures the family, those people who love them. When they rub against you, you can feel that they are part of the balance in nature that is about kindness.  And, their […]

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The hero of A Scent of a Woman tells us our values in Charlie's coourt scene

The Scent of our Core Values

Want to see a terrific movie?  Rent The Scent of a Woman.  If you’ve already seen it, see it again. The speech Al Pacino gives at the kid’s hearing, Charlie’s hearing, before the school board is what America is about. The character Pacino plays, says, “You don’t want to kick Charlie out. NO!  He’ll make […]

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Why the Tanenbaum Family Moved to California

I’d left the DA’s office and was working for a legal firm, a good one. One night I came home from work.  I’d walked 1 1/2 miles from the train station to our house.  I was covered with snow, and I’d forgotten my house key. I knocked on the door. My wife looks at me and […]

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THriller writer, Robt. tanenbaum and others, talk about how to write a thriller

Do you Want to Write a Thriller?

  Listen to a few of the masters, first off, Robert K. Tanenbaum, talk about how to write a thriller. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO. What makes a thriller so compelling? It’s all about detail and the narrative arc, according to the writers who know best. Watch some of the masters of the thriller genre—Robert […]

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