The O. J. Simpson Trial: What It Shows Us about Our Legal System

The O. J. Simpson Trial: What It Shows Us about Our Legal System

by Nathan Aaseng

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpWith an aim to show "how the legal system works," Aaseng looks briefly at each stage of the O.J. Simpson trial and attempts to convey some of what is common to all such proceedings. The truth is that this case was highly unusual, and is therefore of limited use as a guide to those unfamiliar with the legal system. Nevertheless, the book does successfully shape the headlines or sound bites that most Americans were bombarded with into a coherent and low-key account of that particular case, keeping its sensational aspects in perspective. The final chapter is a thoughtful discussion of widely held perceptions that the media, money, and racism have corrupted our administration of justice. The book's brevity and high-interest level recommends it to reluctant readers. For younger readers, Doreen Rappaport's The Lizzie Borden Trial (1992) and Tinker vs. Des Moines (1993, both HarperCollins) do a good job of showing what more ordinary trials are like.Claudia Morrow, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Ilene Cooper
Aaseng uses the O. J. Simpson trial as a jumping-off point to inform young people about the American criminal justice system. Among the many topics covered are investigations, the arrest process, the grand jury system, and the trial itself. Crisply incorporated and evenly handled are discussions of the roles of the defense, the prosecution, the media, jury consultation, new technologies such as DNA, and constitutional rights and responsibilities. The book is well organized and readable, and although children may not be as caught by the O. J. hook as adults, the case works well as a vehicle for showing how the system works--and sometimes doesn't

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