tv Book Discussion on Run Dont Walk CSPAN November 21, 2015 9:30pm-10:01pm EST
recently there was not a lot the defense could say in response and not until recently that we could challenge that the point with those alternative causes of the triad with that overwhelming evidence. i think would be enticed with the deal of the plea of guilty with a much lesser sentence if they were convicted after trial so some of those involve a very steep steep sentencing disparity it would be up to life some of those was time
served so get of jail it is insomuch as the shaken baby context. >> we talked earlier with professor burns with the plea-bargain. to prosecutors feel pressure with the plea-bargain to get it off the books? >> they do feel the pressure the prosecutors the way the criminal justice system is constituted keeps working. there is a drain on the system that today we just have not invested in the system.
with that guilty plea and get back so that are felt throughout the system. >> host: professor of law law, thanks for being on booktv. >> good morning i am one of the book festival volunteers on behalf of the louisiana center for the book welcome. please silence your cellphone no food or beverages are permitted in the spectator area. there will be a book signing 15 minutes after this program to all benefit the
louisiana library foundation. we do have representation in today by adele levine. adele levine her work entitled "run, don't walk". adele levine a practicing physical therapist will working at walter reed 2005 to 2011 the national naval medical center the walter reed center where she continued to rehabilitate war in duties through 2014. she edited the department newsletter known for its reviews. and suggestions the hospital uniform policy should include superhero costumes.
her writing has appeared in "the new york times", "washington post", psychology today, and the washingtonian. i present to you ms. adele levine. [applause] >> it is an honor to be here in the vienna. a beautiful state and a beautiful festival. just did little background i worked as a physical therapist at walter reed for nine years seven of those in the npt section. walter reed was all of america's oldest military hospital and in the end the largest in vermont clinic the world has ever seen. we were shut down in 2011 as a congressional budget decision emerged with bethesda. my book "run, don't walk"
focuses on what it was like the last couple of years. so i will talk about how i ended up writing a book in the first place so in 2007 and had a 17 year-old car that my friends would call the rustang because the doors were rusted shut the only way to get in or out was through the windows. [laughter] it was very unsafe and a needed the screwdriver to unlock my seat belt so they had intervention to get everyone together and they all tried to talk me into getting rid of my car which of course, i would never do because i loved my car. a couple of weeks after the
intervention was driving home and i was in a traffic jam in washington d.c. which is common about 1 mile from my apartment completely at of the blue my car caught on fire which is exactly what my friends were worried would have been. i didn't know what to do. the only thing that i knew was i just kept driving my car. i had about 1 mile to go and i was determined to get my car back to the apartment i jump out the window run up the stairs and i would lie down on the couch because that is how i handle things in my life my car never drove again and i didn't have the heart to have
someone tell with a way so i left it out back where it is wresting away and was spending more time at home. i was at home reading the "washington post" and they had an article about local eyesores at the end of the article was you know, of one? if you to let us know we will send out a reporter. i thought yes it is part dow back. -- parked out back so wrote up the story incentive bin in went out for a walk-in clinic he back there was a message from the editor that said he loved my article if i had anything else to send
him just send in and he added especially but is about public transportation. i guess he figured someone was taking the bus. after that day is something would have been i would write it up and send it to "the washington post" and a lot of times they would run it. so i was lucky one is that i found out i could write. this book never would have happened if my car did not catch on fire. but the real reason is during those years was writing the articles things at walter reed was starting to get hot working in the ntt's section in the beginning your seeing
patients who have lost their legs and then the injury start to get worse and worse with a triple and duties for those who lost tour three limbs there went from being below the knees and elbows to above the knees and the fis won ashley thighs in the armpits soldiers were losing their legs at the groin and partial public imputations. -- pelvic by the time it closed those coming in were double or triple in duties and we had rehabilitated three men that lost all four of their limbs.
but i was lucky because i stumbled into a hobby that forced me to look for the funny and all of my co-workers had something that we did in the evening whether excessively baking poundcake or training for writing racist or keeping up with a complicated world of celebrity news. so you could go to the biggest trauma center in the country in the macy won a beauty but at walter reed irregularly rehabilitated between 150 your duties a day and we did that all inside the clinic because they would lead groups
around the perimeter it was in just one they were running all the time. seral we looking -- is so we were always looking out at people working in so this is must how it feels to be an animal act does do but it began to feel like a dark comedy however notebook but on our side of the glass everybody would always joke and laugh and the patients especially they would call each other names like ugly stump and princess someone is having had a really bad day. and then to say i had a blast in afghanistan.
my co-workers and i were not much better obsessing loudly with the infomercial we have watched on the mtv. but the feeling in their that this is life in this is terrible but on the other side of the glass that the tour groups did not share that feeling. this is the longest war our country has ever been in. but it affects so few people on a personal level i remember how astounded i was the day i get a patient who lost both his legs of his sixth appointment. one of the reasons i came down to louisiana and wanted
to visit a friend of mine who is there because her husband is in afghanistan on his eight deployment so in 2010 walter reed began to shut down coinciding with the surge in afghanistan so our caseload triple but we were moving to bethesda so we started to get rid of all the employee parking lots said to find parking you had to get to work no later than 6:00 in the morning which we all did. we worked through lunch and stayed late because your so busy in my dreams everyone
was in a beauty even me my friends over the years got sick of me saying i would leave walter reed was always going to be that was going to quit a was going to find a new job with parking and better hours the next time they would see me a was still at walter reed and they would be noted. i stayed for nine years. it was much larger than myself and i cannot just walk away because it was hard it i was lucky because i was busy writing humor articles that said my mind off one night i was at home
my friend ashley said you are wasting your time writing those articles for "the post" i thought what? she said they're funny and you to the you should write about what you're seeing at work. i thought that is a terrible idea. the whole reason i write in the first place is to get my mind off of what i'm doing network. glass-steagall ever do when i come home from work is to read about work. then a couple-- later the editor i had been in touch
with at the post called me and his name happens to be ashley. he said something similar with walter reed shutting down this would be interesting to send in an article about my job. i said i did not feel comfortable doing that. so i got a phone call the next day from a reporter in the "washington post" and he was assigned an article in he was going to be writing an article about her clinic and i was so mad when i heard that. i was fuming. he was asking me questions alcatel it was going to misrepresent. he was hunting for shocking stories involving the most
badly injured patients. and he didn't get it. but we were never a depressing place. we were a happy place we celebrated life in our clinic. our colonel would refers to the physical therapy place as a happy place so i decided i would write my own article that was seemingly innocuous with taking a group of patients women for the first time and that it was not a super funny so i was not prepared for their reaction that it got that people called me an e-mail to meet to make me realize
that this was a story that people wanted to know about and i was the right person to write it off because i could write about walter reed and his humorous way that a reporter may not have. so walter reed shutdown i was part of the group that transferred to at bethesda and wrote the book sorter in the manuscript in to my publisher and then to give it to the chief of rehab this is a guy whose management style i would describe as completely and predictable and that i
thought it would not be good. so i would wait until friday then give it to him to have the weekend to cool down. freddie will surround if he comes into the clinic and all my co-workers knew what would happen as they rolla anticipating he walks in with a cast on his leg the co-worker pointed that out at least taken not to issue. so i waited for him to completely go after me. instead he got sentimental. he told me that we have a new hospital and most of the staff had stayed he always felt there was something missing.
then he realized it was the spirit that you could feel at the old walter reed and i feel he said it the best. walter reed was america's oldest military hospital opened 102 years in treated soldiers from every single war we fought from world war i. over 500,000 patients of course, there was the spirit there. if you read the book i hope you think about that spirit and i appreciate your time. [applause] >> if we could open the floor for just one question.
>> i just watched the linkedin movie that was about walter reed to all the history that went through that place is astounding for everybody in america that is familiar with it. so how did you feel to be a part of that history? we just concentrating on your work? >> that is a great question. >> they had the original hospital we worked in the newer one but you had to go to the original to get the administrative stuff done and they have the stairs, a stone steps that would sag in the middle because so many people have walked up them. every time i would go up it
would blow me away. that this would really happen we would really shut down? we hope to to the last second that would not be the case because there's so much history to think we would be the final chapter was extremely sobering. so i was grateful to have been there and said they would develop it but hopefully it is a nice way we can enjoy. it was a civil war camp for a while it has been there throughout american history. thank you. >> thank you for attending this session i hope you enjoy your time here at the louisiana book festival the book signing is next wish you will have her book "run, don't walk" 8q.