Mistrial An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works... and Sometimes Doesn't

ISBN-10: 1592408443
ISBN-13: 9781592408443
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Description: A searing and entertaining manifesto on the ills of the criminal justice system from two of America's most prominent defense attorneys.From the rise of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle to the television ratings bonanza of the O.J. Simpson  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

A searing and entertaining manifesto on the ills of the criminal justice system from two of America's most prominent defense attorneys.From the rise of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle to the television ratings bonanza of the O.J. Simpson trial, a perfect storm of media coverage has given the public an unprecedented look inside the courtroom, kicking off popular courtroom shows and TV legal commentary that further illuminate how the criminal justice system operates. Or has it?In "Mistrial," Mark Geragos and Pat Harris debunk the myths of judges as Solomon-like figures, jurors as impartial arbiters of the truth, and prosecutors as super-ethical heroes."Mistrial" draws the curtain on the court's ugly realities--from stealth jurors who secretly swing for a conviction, to cops who regularly lie on the witness stand, to defense attorneys terrified of going to trial. Ultimately, the authors question whether a justice system model drawn up two centuries ago before blogs and television is still viable today.In the aftermath of recent high-profile cases, the flaws in America's justice system are more glaring than ever. Geragos and Harris are legal experts and prominent criminal defense attorneys who have worked on everything from celebrity media-circuses--having represented clients like Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Scott Peterson, Chris Brown, Susan MacDougal, and Gary Condit--to equally compelling cases defending individuals desperate to avoid the spotlight.Shining unprecedented light on what really goes on in the courtroom, "Mistrial" is an enjoyable, fun look at a system that rarely lets you see behind the scenes.

Introduction: Mark
Introduction: Pat
Politics, O. J. Simpson, and the Rise of the Angry Blond White Women
Defense Attorneys-We Sleep Very Well at Night, Thank You Very Much
Clients-Thirty-Nine Floors Is a Long Way to Fall
Prosecutors-Being a Prosecutor Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
Judges-At Least Get It Wrong for Both Sides
Police Officers-to Preserve, Protect, and to Lie
Jurors-Nobody Knows Anything
Media-Shame on You for Believing What We Say
The Best System in the World???
Acknowledgments
Index

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