Thomas P. Casselman~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
I Talk, You Walk: 40 Years of Winning Defense Strategies
Thomas P. Casselman
Avery Color Studios
Lawyers love to talk about the cases they have defended and won, and Thomas Casselman is not an exception in his book, I Talk, You Walk, a collection of many of the cases he has been involved with throughout his 40 years of practice in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, affectionately called the UP.
There are many cases, which will make you snicker, smile, and empathize with both clients and victims as their tragedies unfold. Casselman has a wonderful sense of humor, which he uses when discussing foibles of his clients, judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement. Each story takes a few pages and
Tom is whom this book is about, but he has a sidekick who acts as his investigator and private detective. That person is his wife, Rhonda “Goodwin” Casselman. He gives her credit in many of the cases for having discovered defenses and getting evidence to assist him at trial. He gives her full credit for being the professional she has become!
Some of the cases turn on recently discovered evidence. One such case involved his own defense of a speeding ticket issued to him when he was driving a recently acquired car. In preparation for the trial, he studiously learned all about radar. He hoped to defend against allegations made by a State Trooper who claimed he was speeding 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. Casselman asked the trooper to produce his certification for being able to use the radar device, which he promptly did. Casselman discovered the trooper’s card was expired by two weeks before issuing the ticket. He promptly moved the court to dismiss the case and he walked because he talked in his own defense!
This lawyer’s investigation created a change in the instructions given to school bus drivers who picked up handicapped children. It no longer was safe to have children cross roads in the face of on-coming traffic without having all flashers illuminated. In addition, whenever possible, drivers were to enter the driveways of their charges to have them board the bus.
This is a five star book that is worthwhile to read and then pass on to those struggling law students to show there is light at the end of the tunnel.