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John W. Hartmann, Criminal Defense Attorney, to Speak at Summit Library

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The Summit Free Public Library will host Trenton attorney and former state assemblyman, John W. Hartmann, on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm to talk about his memoir Jacket: The Trials of a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney. Described by the publisher as a “provocative and bitingly funny memoir,” this book by Trenton attorney and former state assemblyman John W. Hartmann provides a candid and humorous look inside NJ’s fractious criminal justice system and Trenton politics. A book signing will follow.

John W. Hartmann, a Lawrenceville resident, has written an engaging, humorous and most unusual memoir called “Jacket”, where he dishes out amusing anecdotes from his life in law and politics. Through Hartmann’s irreverent humor, he puts a human face on the dysfunctional New Jersey justice system. Hartmann’s self-deprecating wit and keen eye for all things absurd and ironic makes “Jacket” a compelling read for “Law and Order” fans. The prestigious Kirkus Review praised “Jacket” saying: "[Hartmann's] reflections are entertainingly scattershot, nimbly jumping from one impossibly absurd scenario to another, capturing the surreal wheels of justice in motion. A keen, lighthearted look at the human side of law".

“John Hartmann paints a vivid picture of the ‘New Jersey Way’ of prosecuting and defending persons accused of crimes,” according to Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. George called Jacket “a raucous ride through the New Jersey criminal court system.”

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The Summit Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ.  For more information go to or call 908-273-0350.

The programs are free and open to all.  Seating is limited, and is on a first-come first-seated basis.  Doors open 30 minutes before each showing. The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.  The telephone number is (908) 273-0350.   Visit the library’s website at


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