A Judge's Odyssey: From Vermont to Russia, Kazakhstan, and Georgia, Then on to War Crimes and Organ Trafficking in Kosovo (Paperback)
Judge Pineles' fascinating and highly readable memoir describes his formative years, then his legal and judicial career in Vermont spanning three decades. He then recounts his improbable journey asa rule of law adviser in Russia, Kazakhstan and Georgia, followed by a prestigious international judgeship in Kosovo. There, he adjudicated serious cases of war crimes, judicial corruption, murder, narco trafficking and the notorious Medicus human organ trafficking case which garnered worldwide media attention. He candidly relates both his successes and failures, and lessons learned. Includes a new epilogue about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and how it relates to the Kosovo precedent.