Objection!: How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System

Objection!: How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System

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by Nancy Grace, Diane Clehane

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Court TV host Nancy Grace presents her case in this behind-the-scenes look at the high-profile cases everyone is talking about ancy Grace is a name millions of Americans recognize from her regular appearances on Court TV and Larry King Live. Legions of loyal fans tune in for her opinions on today's high-profile cases and her expert commentary on the…  See more details below


Court TV host Nancy Grace presents her case in this behind-the-scenes look at the high-profile cases everyone is talking about ancy Grace is a name millions of Americans recognize from her regular appearances on Court TV and Larry King Live. Legions of loyal fans tune in for her opinions on today's high-profile cases and her expert commentary on the challenges facing the American judicial system. Now, in Objection!, she makes her case for what's wrong with the legal system and what can be done about it.

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Our criminal justice system has become high-stakes reality TV. Nobody knows that better than charismatic Court TV commentator Nancy Grace. And nobody feels more fervent about the importance of our judicial system that this former Atlanta special prosecutor, who began her legal career after the murder of her fiancé. In Objection!, she presents her outspoken critique of today's legal culture, using high-profile court cases -- involving Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Robert Blake, Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart, and others -- to prove her points.
Publishers Weekly
Grace, an ex-prosecutor who for years has been a fixture on Court TV and now CNN, attacks criminals and their lawyers in this fiercely opinionated critique of the criminal justice system. Grace became a prosecutor after her fianc was murdered and claims to have achieved a 100% conviction rate. A political shuffle cost her that job, but God, she believes, led her to the airwaves to continue her battle of good against evil. Defense attorneys, she contends, are con artists whose job is "to obscure the truth from the jury." Other targets of the author's wrath are celebrity defendants who, she says, receive special treatment at trials and in sentencing; greedy citizens who talk their way onto juries to gather material for instant books; and hucksters who sell memorabilia collected from depraved criminals. Grace inveighs against those who profit from high-profile trials, but fails to note that her own role as television's pro-prosecution talking head could be criticized on that ground. Grace energetically argues that television cameras should be allowed at all trials. No matter how self-serving this proposal may be when made by a prominent member of the "24/7 media," the idea is intriguing and enlivens what is otherwise a fairly predictable and angry rehash of O.J., Peterson, et al. Agent, Frank Weymann. (June 8) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
With the help of celebrity journalist Clehane, Court TV commentator and former Atlanta prosecutor Grace has written a scathing if scattershot critique of the U.S. criminal justice system. Sparing only the prosecutors, she lambastes defense attorneys, judges, jurors, and the media in equal measure, making broad generalizations about their biases based on her personal trial experiences and the 1980 murder of her fianc . Expect acidic commentary on such recent tabloid fodder as the celebrity trials of Martha Stewart, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, and Kobe Bryant. And expect controversy: In Chapter 6, for instance, she appears to challenge the practice of providing public defenders for indigents charged with crimes because of the cost. Grace is in favor of the death penalty because, she says, many people want it and some crimes deserve it. She doesn't address charges, however, that some prosecutors selectively seek the penalty because of race and other extraneous criteria. This book is meant to be outspoken, and it certainly manages that. But as this is just one former prosecutor's opinion, readers can judge for themselves.-Harry Charles, St. Louis, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Nancy Grace joined Court TV from the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney's Office where she served for a decade as Special Prosecutor, compiling a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses. Nancy is currently the host of Closing Arguments on Court TV and substitute host of Larry King Live on CNN. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss today's most important trials.

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Objection!: How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally someone who isn't afraid to tell it like it is about our criminal justice system. This book isn't written by some liberal who is whining about how many innocent people that are on death row. This book is about the victims and what they go through. Finally a fresh voice! Someone who isn't afraid to be hard on criminals and tough on crime. She is a victim of crime and now she is turning a tragedy into helping victims. This book is great, if you want to know the truth about what goes on in court rooms read this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks nancy grace for a good book !!! I loved it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy her show and have liked her for quite some time. Now after reading her book, I love her. I love that she's exposing all these horrible attacks against justice, victims and citzens in general. I know a lot of people do not like her, but I urge you to read it even if that is the case. This book is really good and is completely eye opening. Who knows, you might end up having a whole new respect for her in the end. I know I do. She's just great...really.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book, very interesting insight into the legal system.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone tells the truth! It is about time someone tells it like it is, rather than what society and our justice system wants us to hear. This book tells it like it is and it is one that everyone needs to read. Thank you for such a wonderful, eye opening book Nancy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book from beginning to end. Nancy points out the facts and does speak up and say what some of us would like to say but don't. She asks questions that are pertinent to the situations. She tells the story behind the scenes and lets us in on what is really going on. Now, I can see why people want to 'run away', 'become victims' or try to get on a jury. It's all about money. The lawyers are all about money. If you don't like this book, I hope you never do anything wrong in your life and have to deal with the justice system. I would like to have Nancy on my side and who else signs off their newcast with Goodnight Friend and truly means it? Thanks Nancy for a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book. Nancy is so honest with her thoughts and opinions on this ridiculous judicial system of ours. Her book is as enjoyable as her shows. Here's a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind regardless of what people think. She certainly does not make many new friends with this book but she speaks what many of us wish we had the nerve to. Thank you Nancy, for putting into words what those of us with any common sense have been thinking for years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
been a while since i found a book worth reading and i could not put it down. she does not hold back what she believes in .i love watching her on court tv and headline news every nite and look forward to another book. i will be looking for it soon i hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only was this book a joy to read, but Nancy's style of encorporating multiple cases is very effective! She stands at the true heart of the justice system! Way to go Nancy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy Grace is the Queen Bee of presumed guilty. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean this book is not. As for the writing, the meandering style covers very little new ground. Instead of providing generalizations on multiple cases she might have been better served putting one particular case under the microscope. She need look no further than her partner in crime on court tv catherine crier for inspiration. Her book on the Peterson case was riviting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mixed feelings I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s a riveting read, I applaud Nancy for exposing problems with the justice system, and I admire her passion. But generalizations are risky, the book is one-sided, and there are many errors. Take one of the cases, the murder of Danielle van Dam. She believes that David Westerfield is guilty. While she normally believes suspects guilty, in this case her first comment on Larry King Live was that there was an innocent explanation for the evidence: Danielle might have wandered into his RV and played in it. And she believes that his lawyer, Steven Feldman, KNEW he’s guilty but still defended him, ruining the victim’s parents’ reputations by revealing their sexual lifestyle. So she believes the “plea deal story”: Westerfield would reveal the location of Danielle’s body in exchange for being spared the death penalty. IS he guilty? As Nancy acknowledged, there is a simple explanation for the evidence: Danielle, a close neighbor, previously entered his RV while it was parked unlocked in their streets, leaving behind the small amount of evidence - which didn’t include fibers from her pajamas or bedding, so it’s consistent with an innocent daytime visit not a nighttime kidnapping. Plus there was no evidence of him at her house or the body recovery site. Plus, as Nancy acknowledged, the entomology excluded him. Entomology is usually used by the prosecution so she should respect it. Four entomologists testified; all gave dates that precluded Westerfield. Even the prosecution’s entomologist. Even David Faulkner, the local entomologist, who was immediately brought onto the case by the police but testified for the defense. Nancy said Feldman used the exact same defense and expert to snag an acquittal in another murder trial - presumably Corenevsky in 1986. He did use time-of-death there, but based it on pathology not entomology, so not the same defense or expert. Is she confused with lead Westerfield prosecutor Jeff Dusek, who in 1992 used Faulkner to convict Ronald Porter of murdering Sandra Cwik? Did Feldman KNOW Westerfield is guilty? The plea deal story was originally based on anonymous sources, which are unreliable. Neither Feldman nor Dusek commented on it. Westerfield said the prosecution approached the defense with this offer and his lawyers just listened. Danielle’s parents first said they knew nothing about it but later said they asked for it. DA Paul Pfingst confirmed there were negotiations but also did an about-turn. He first said it was Westerfield who wanted a deal but years later said the prosecution wanted it. So probably the prosecution made an offer to Westerfield, which he rejected because he’s innocent. Nancy condemns defense lawyers. What about prosecutors? Dusek had to believe that entomology is accurate for Porter to be guilty. But when Faulkner calculated a time-of-death that precluded Westerfield, Dusek ignored him, and argued that entomology is inaccurate and unreliable. And there was unidentified DNA at both known crime scenes, yet even though co-prosecutor Clarke was a DNA expert, they didn’t use CODIS to identify it. Supposing it came from a known pedophile? So Nancy should argue that, despite knowing full well that Westerfield is innocent, they prosecuted him anyway and snagged a death conviction.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
many of us will never know what a prosecutor goes through to bring an alledged criminal to justice ...the crime scene,the morgue, the victims families, the pictures of the dead victim on the walls of their office......and the stories that humanize these people and the pain that remains with them forever..nancy grace does this better than anyone with her passion,courage and humor...i loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Generalizations without recognized sources and ranting without factual support, this author's take on the judicial system is no more than rabid pandering to the 'reality TV' set. There is nothing new here, literary or otherwise, to further any meaningful discourse on what our judicial system SHOULD be and why many of us believe we have failed to achieve justice for all in America. With this book, Nancy Grace has become a caricature of herself who, at her best, is nothing more than a television muckraker and opportunist. With a voice that loud, it is a pity she doesn't have something more meaningful to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How anyone can turn to this weirdo for information about the criminal justice system is really hard to understand. Her writing is as sloppy as her appearance. Her shrill approach to broadcast journalism is a true disgrace. This book is another of her attempts to make money off of a prosecution career that went nowhere. She has been cited as a menace to sound judgement and fair play. Yuck. Wake up, CNN, you're losing more than credibility when she's on the air.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy is a very heartless person no matter the situation or case when she's on courttv or cnn I flip the channel