...unless you can handle the truth! This is the ground-breaking, pioneer, authoritative treatise on anabolic-androgenic steroids and the law in the United States.
Thoroughly researched and well-written in laymans' terms, this book is written by accomplished former prosecutor and current New York criminal defense attorney and prolific author, Richard (Rick) D. Collins, Esq. Rick is an expert in the handling of controlled substance cases, particularly those involving anabolics, and has carved-out a niche for himself where he has advised counsel on cases in federal and state courts from New York to California and nearly everywhere in between. In addition to being a courtroom virtuoso, Rick writes extensively on the subject.
Rick Collins, attorney, accomplished bodybuilder and actor who has appeared on HBO TVs mob-hit THE SOPRANOS, is a name known to readers of Muscular Development magazine where he in on the advisory board and also pens a monthly column discussing anabolics and legal issues. From reading LEGAL MUSCLE, it's obvious that Rick is passionate about his work and has strong feelings against the scheduling and present penalties for the mere possession of anabolic-androgenic steroids by the recreational bodybuilder. Unbeknownst to many, myself included, LEGAL MUSCLE blows the lid off the real reason why anabolics have been demonized. If you think it's the alleged health consequences, think again. Moreover, contrary to what the mainstream media would have one believe, teens and professional athletes are NOT the ones who are being prosecuted. Further, Rick dedicates well-documented, end-noted chapters to the pharmacology and physiological effects and most importantly, debunks the hyperbolic myths of the asserted pernicious health effects. In and of themselves, these chapters could compose a handbook which is an excellent read for parents, teachers and athletic coaches at all levels.
After the introductory chapters, which provide background for the neophyte to anabolics, Rick delves in the heart of the matter including: federal statutes (the laws of the fifty states, DC and Puerto are all reproduced in part in one of the appendices), federal sentencing guidelines, and an overview of how a case proceeds through the criminal judice system. Additional chapters discuss legal theories such as reasonable suspicion, probable cause and proof beyond a reasonable doubt; all of which dovetails into searches, warrants and the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. More specifically, based upon the multitude of steroid cases Rick has handled over the years, there are chapters discussing the most common ways in which law enforcement develop their investigations and ultimately make an arrest through confidential informants, controlled deliveries, cyber-sleuthing, and interrogation. The quality of these chapters is that the the lessons learned are not unique to anabolics, but rather, are translatable into virtually any other criminal matter on the docket, ie., assault, DWI, possession of narcotics, etc.
While the book can certainly be read cover to cover, it can also serve as an authoritative treatise. One can simply open the book to a section or chapter and refer to that given issue. There are helpful charts and a first-of-its-kind glossary of anabolics and ancillary medications which includes their legal status.
I have added a copy of LEGAL MUSCLE to my home library. Considering the amount of time and knowledge that Rick has dedicated to LEGAL MUSCLE, it's an excellent investment.