Harvard Health Books

James Silver JD

James Silver, JD, is a Harvard Law School graduate who has been both a federal prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney.  As an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC and a criminal defense attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, he has tried cases spanning the gamut of criminal charges from shoplifting to first-degree murder, and has argued numerous criminal appeals, including cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Several cases he has worked on received extensive media coverage, including the child kidnapping case of Clark Rockefeller. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminology at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, where he also teaches criminal law.

Almost a Psychopath is his second book.  His first book, The Crime Junkie’s Guide to Criminal Law was published in 2008.  Mr. Silver has a blog on PyschologyToday.com called “Crimes, Courts and Cops” and is a former columnist for Worcester Magazine.  He has appeared on regional and national TV shows including WCBV Boston Channel 5 News, The Today Show and CNN.com.  His articles have been published in many magazines and newspapers.

  • Criminal justice
  • Prosecution/Defense
  • Psychopaths and the law
  • Psychopaths, criminals, and the prison system

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