Federal Court Judge Charles A. Shaw Pens Inspiring New Memoir

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‘Watch Everything’ records Shaw’s personal life and his fight against mandatory sentencing guidelines.

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When author and federal judge Charles A. Shaw sat down to write his memoir, he took inspiration from the African proverb, “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” He says, “People should record their own stories, otherwise their histories may be lost or inaccurately written by others who do not share the same point of view.”

Shaw’s insightful new memoir, “Watch Everything: A Judicial Memoir with a Point of View” (published by iUniverse), begins with his childhood in segregated St. Louis and details his inspiring journey leading to an honored spot on the federal court bench. Shaw offers insight into the judicial process that can only come from one who has lived it.

“Watch Everything” is both a personal memoir and a discussion about important issues Shaw has encountered during his expansive career as an attorney, federal prosecutor, state court judge and finally a federal judge. The book is filled with humorous stories about Shaw’s family, childhood, legal practice and time on the bench, but also discusses Shaw’s clashes with federal prosecutors over criminal sentences, addresses serious issues concerning imprisonment and recidivism, and provides his perspective on significant cases from a lengthy career. Shaw tackles poverty and drug crimes as well as problems with federal sentencing guidelines and the damage caused to individuals and society by long, mandatory sentences. On an optimistic note, Shaw details innovative post-incarceration programs started in his district that offer a model for reform and hope for the future.

Of his readers, Shaw writes, “I want people to understand that the judges in trial courts who make important decisions affecting us all are real people doing the best they can, and are not some sort of monolithic, black-robed entity to be feared or demonized. I never forget where I come from and I tell it like I see it, sometimes too bluntly perhaps, though I often try to use humor to illustrate my points.”

“Watch Everything”
By Charles A. Shaw
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 182 pages | ISBN 9781491711491
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 182 pages | ISBN 9781491711484
E-Book | 182 pages | ISBN 9781491711507
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Judge Charles A. Shaw received a law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He worked with the National Labor Relations Board and Lashly & Baer in St. Louis before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney and then a circuit judge in St. Louis. President Bill Clinton appointed him to the federal bench in 1993.

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