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Charles Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at the law school. He is the author of four books on race and the law, including the critically acclaimed All Deliberate Speed, and has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of the 100+ Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine. In the immediate aftermath of the Crowley-Gates incident, Ogletree acted not only as counsel to professor Gates but continues to be special counsel to President Obama and advisor on police behavior to both Harvard University and the City of Cambridge.
"With The Presumption of Guilt, Recommended deftly uses the Gates case to advance the dialogue on racial profiling. The author makes a significant and fair-minded contribution to the literature on race, class, and law enforcement." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ogletree brings an informed opinion regarding Gates' arrest... [and] uses contemporary incidents to explore current notions of race and class... Recommended." -- Choice
"A great teacher is one who seizes on every great teaching moment to explain and educate. Charles Ogletree is such a teacher. He has seized on the very public arrest of Professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates to teach Americans important lessons about the Constitution, the continuing relevance of race in America and the ease with which an incident can escalate into a major event. Ogletree was there, knows all the participants and has written a brilliant book from which all Americans can learn." --Alan Dershowitz, author of Trials of Zion
“The Presumption of Guilt” is both informative and instructive. Informative because it provides a very accurate description of the events of that day and instructive because it identifies the critical areas which must be addressed in order to prevent racial profiling and other disparities in the criminal justice system." -- Ronald E. Hampton, Executive Director, National Black Police Association
"Charles Ogletree possesses one of the most brilliant legal minds in American culture and here he bridges the ivory tower academy and the messy world in a rare and unique manner. Don't miss this book." --Cornel West, Princeton University
Praise for Ogletree's All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown vs. Board of Education: