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“Civics, Law, and Justice” is Now Free on Amazon for 5 Days (until 6/12/2020)

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Best Seller Publishing announces the release of J. Layne Smith’s new book, Civics, Law, and Justice--How We Became U.S.: Insights from a Trial Judge.” It will be available for free download in the Amazon Kindle Store on June 8th.   

If you have questions about U.S. civics, law, and justice but don’t want to wade through dry and dull legalese to get the answers, you will love this down-to-earth collection of essays that provide an insider’s view of the legal system. In “Civics, Law, and Justice—How We Became U.S.,” career trial lawyer and judge J. Layne Smith offers crystal-clear insight and straightforward answers to everything you’ve ever wondered about the art and science of justice in American history and society.

How does a judge feel when handing down a sentence? Which is better: A republic or a democracy? And what do King Henry VIII and his six wives have to do with the U.S. Constitution? Infused with Smith’s warmth, clarity, and humor, this accessible collection will make you feel like you’re learning about U.S. civics, law, and justice while having a cup of coffee with a knowledgeable friend.

“Civics, Law, and Justice” by J. Layne Smith will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (6/8/2020 – 6/12/2020) at:

“Civics, Law, and Justice” has a 5.0-star rating on Here’s what some people had to say:

“An easy and insightful read. The short chapters are great for those of us who do not have large chunks of alone time. Each chapter examines a single topic or a few related issues, helping to keep the reader focused. The writing style – to include a catchy title to chum the water and bring the reader in, a hook setting up the topic; an engaging story, sprinkled with humor, to reel in the reader; and landed by a relatable – incites even the most reluctant reader to move from chapter to chapter. As entertaining the book is, it is more educational. So much of America’s legal system is learned in Judge Smith’s short, relatable stories. ‘Civics, Law, and Justice’ could serve as a primer for any civics class.” – Karl Hook 

“Judge Smith’s book has provided enjoyment while enlightening me on a host of legal questions. I wish I could have had something like this while taking Civics in high school so long ago. He’s managed to provide a condensed version while giving background, data and examples of our legal system while using language which the average reader can understand without a Law degree! Each chapter title is an interesting launch into various judicial topics, for example, Chapter 30, “She Slashed a Hole in All Four Tires” explains “criminal mischief.” Entertaining education! Thank you, Judge Smith!” – Virginia Lindquist
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About the Author:

The Honorable J. Layne Smith is a county judge in Leon County, Florida. A legal scholar, Smith graduated in the top 6 percent of his law school class. He was previously a successful private practice civil, criminal, and administrative trial lawyer for twenty-four years. He then served four years in state government as the general counsel to two Florida state agencies and as a state retirement commissioner. For decades, he has held Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ratings for legal skills and ethics. 
Smith lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Cindy. In his spare time, he can be found reading, writing, and spending time with family, friends, and his dog Barley. He is a passionate fan of college sports, particularly football. Go Seminoles and Roll Tide!

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