Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today's Most Infamous Verdicts

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October 3, 1995. The shocking outcome of the O.J. Simpson trial leaves a nation divided. July 5, 2011. Casey Anthony walks free despite being convicted by millions on cable news and social media.

There are times when something as supposedly simple as a just verdict rises to the level of cultural touchstone. Often these moments hinge on logic that seems flawed and inexplicable—until now. In Acquittal, leading trial consultant Richard Gabriel ...

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October 3, 1995. The shocking outcome of the O.J. Simpson trial leaves a nation divided. July 5, 2011. Casey Anthony walks free despite being convicted by millions on cable news and social media.

There are times when something as supposedly simple as a just verdict rises to the level of cultural touchstone. Often these moments hinge on logic that seems flawed and inexplicable—until now. In Acquittal, leading trial consultant Richard Gabriel explains how some of the most controversial verdicts in recent times came to be.

Drawing on more than twenty-eight years of experience, Gabriel provides firsthand accounts of his work on high-profile cases, from the tabloid trials of Casey Anthony, O.J. Simpson, Phil Spector, and Heidi Fleiss to the political firestorms involving Enron and Whitewater. An expert on court psychology and communications, Gabriel offers unique insights on defendants, prosecutors, judges, witnesses, journalists, and the most important people in the room: the jury.

Through play-by-play breakdowns of the proceedings, Gabriel reveals the differences between a court of law and the court of public opinion, the convoluted mechanics behind jury selection, strategies for creating a careful balance of evidence and doubt, and the difficulties of providing a fair trial in the digital age. Along the way, Gabriel raises hard questions about not only the legal system but about the possibility of justice in an oversaturated media landscape.

The courtroom is a natural theater. The stakes are high. The roles are all too familiar. And there is always the chance of a twist ending. Acquittal is a revelatory guide to this riveting, frustrating, fascinating world—the most unpredictable drama in American life.

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Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
Trial consultant Gabriel illuminates the inner-workings of the justice system, discussing his involvement with some very famous cases and how the juries reached their decisions. Gabriel comprehensively explores juror bias; the negative impact of the 24 hour news cycle; and a trial consultant's objective to "speak the separate languages of the lawyer, the judge, and the jury." On the O.J Simpson case, which Gabriel calls "a bizarre and seductive carnival," he explains the defense's strategy of seeking jurors "more receptive to... themes of police error and misconduct" due to the many mistakes committed during the investigation. Gabriel discusses the roles he played working for the defense in the celebrity trials of Heidi Fleiss and Phil Spector, and the book culminates in the fever pitch of the Casey Anthony trial where the defense attempted to "harness the hysteria and use it to advantage." He also calls jury selection for a death penalty case, "part poker, part chess, and part roulette." While these verdicts may have seemed shocking or even miscarriages of justice, Gabriel's account effectively shows that jurors, despite their personal biases, are fulfilling their responsibilities admirably. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425269718
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 187,528
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Gabriel is a trial consultant of 28 years who has worked on more than a thousand criminal and civil cases across the United States. He is the co-author of Jury Selection: Strategy and Science. A former President of the American Society of Trial Consultants and current President of the ASTC Foundation, he has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, HLN, Fox, MSNBC and NPR in more than 50 interviews on most of the high profile trials in the last 15 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    THE SIMPLE TRUTH - Murdering Mother Anthony got off because of 1

    THE SIMPLE TRUTH -
    Murdering Mother Anthony got off because of 12 simple-minded people,
    as simple-minded as she is!
    BOYCOTT any and all books, tv shows, interviews, etc. on the Murdering Mother.
    Simple as that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Why would anyone want to reads this crap? How to get murderers o

    Why would anyone want to reads this crap? How to get murderers off !!!

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