Story posted May 25, 2007
Paul Batista '70, author of the novel Death's Witness (Sourcebooks, Ltd.), a legal thriller involving murder, romance and the underworld, has won the Independent Publisher Book Awards' silver medal in the mystery/suspense/thriller fiction category.
Batista was a James Bowdoin Scholar, graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served as co-editor of the Bowdoin Thymes and was a member of the Orient and Quill staff. Batista later served on the Alumni Council.
Batista, who lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, N.Y., has entered his fourth decade of practicing white collar criminal and civil litigation. He has written several books and articles, including Civil RICO, which discusses the application of Racketeering-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) legislation to white collar crimes. He was recently appointed to a special committee of judges and lawyers to develop reforms for the rules of the Federal Court in New York and is a frequent commentator on Court TV, MSNBC and CNN.
The so-called IPPY Awards will be presented at Book Expo 2007, to be held at the Javits Center in New York, N.Y., May 31 to June 3. A total of 2,690 entries came from all over the U.S., eight Canadian provinces and 17 countries to compete in the IPPY Awards' 65 national categories.