NY Judge Pens Crime Novel Spotlighting Racial Injustice

Law360, New York (October 16, 2017, 11:20 AM EDT) -- While federal judges do a lot of writing, fiction isn't something typically associated with the bench — but there are exceptions, including U.S. District Judge Frederic Block, 83, whose crime novel, "Race to Judgment," debuted on Oct. 10.

The novel, set in Block's native Brooklyn, is largely inspired by cases Block has handled during his years on the bench, including a high-profile criminal case in 2003 over a murder during the 1991 Crown Heights Riots and a wrongful conviction civil suit against New York City that eventually settled. Its main character, Ken Williams, is based on real-life civil rights attorney Kenneth...

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