Everyone remembers the O. J. Simpson murder trial, but Pellowski gives a new look at a wearisome yet landmark case in the United States legal system. Pellowski begins with the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and the first suspicions that led police to investigate O. J. Simpson. He continues to outline the prosecution and the defense teams, as well as brief sketches of Judge Ito and the jury. Relevant evidence discovered by the police is presented in detail, but the author manages to avoid becoming too gruesome in presentation. Pellowski also brings to light the triumphs and failures of the court system, and manages to give an interesting presentation of what some critics dubbed the "Trial of the Century" without casting blame or allowing his own beliefs to color his presentation of the case. Photos are included, as well as a chronology, bibliography, glossary, index and possible questions for discussion. Part of the "Headline Court Cases" series. 2001, Enslow, $20.95. Ages 10 to 15. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This book provides background information, the cases for the prosecution and for the defense, and a follow-up to one of the most controversial murder trials of all time. Pellowski touches on many of the factors that affected its outcome, including the strong personalities involved, complex scientific evidence, accusations of racism, and massive media coverage. A portrayal of Simpson the football hero is offset by a description of his hot temper and jealousy-ridden, troubled marriages. The author presents the elements of the investigation in an objective manner, often pausing to ask readers' opinions as each development unfolds. One chapter compares the murder trial to the civil trial that followed. Excerpts of public opinion and legal analysis are included as well as a page of questions to be used as a springboard for discussion. Black-and-white photos of Simpson and others accompany the text. Well done and worthy of shelf space.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.