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The Search for Justice: A Defense Attorney's Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case
     

The Search for Justice: A Defense Attorney's Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case

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by Robert L Shapiro
 

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From June 13, 1994, to October 3, 1995, Robert Shapiro stood in the middle of a drama that held millions of Americans in thrall. Now for the first time, the architect of the defense strategy tells the inside story of the O.J. Simpson trial from the beginning. In this book, the man who assembled the "dream team" answers the questions of fact, law, and ethics that were

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From June 13, 1994, to October 3, 1995, Robert Shapiro stood in the middle of a drama that held millions of Americans in thrall. Now for the first time, the architect of the defense strategy tells the inside story of the O.J. Simpson trial from the beginning. In this book, the man who assembled the "dream team" answers the questions of fact, law, and ethics that were fired at him before and after the jury's verdict. With candor, wit, and compassion, Shapiro brings to light the details of what has been called "the trial of the century," giving us revealing glimpses of the defendant and the others whose names became so familiar: Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Marcia Clark, Barry Scheck, Chris Darden, and Judge Lance Ito." "At the heart of the book is the dramatic story of how Shapiro planned the defense strategy against what appeared to be overwhelming odds. Within minutes of his first meeting with O.J., he started "thinking like the prosecution," lining up a powerful arsenal of lawyers, investigators, and expert witnesses to counter what the prosecution claimed was an open-and-shut case. In the midst of mounting the legal defense, Shapiro also had to deal with the tumult of a media circus, a fractious defense team, and his own priorities as a husband and father. Through it all, he maintained a steady hand and the quiet belief that justice would prevail. Confronting the prosecution's "mountain of evidence," Shapiro and his defense team uncovered the elements of reasonable doubt in the faulty handling of blood samples and other mistakes made by the police as they rushed to erroneous conclusions." "Robert Shapiro's reasoned and principled arguments about the Bill of Rights and the role and duty of a defense attorney will deepen our understanding of the verdict, the trial, and the place this story occupied in the American culture. Answering critics who charge that "loopholes" and legal tactics prevailed over justice, Shapiro convincingly demonstrates that the only possible verdict - even without the race card Johnnie Cochran flung on the table - was the conclusion of "reasonable doubt" reached by the jury.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As the lead defense attorney for O.J. Simpson, Shapiro is ably suited to play the role of the avid apologist for both his client and the American criminal justice system, which assumes that a defendant is innocent until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The author reminds us that the burden of proof rests with the prosecution and that the defense needs only to cast sufficient doubt on the state's case to bring about acquittal. Countering the prosecution's "mountain of evidence" with a "mountain of doubt," Shapiro shows how he and his colleagues were able to punch holes in such key areas as crime scene management, evidence collection and storage, crime lab techniques and conditions, DNA sample reliability, and the credibility and character of many of the prosecution's witnesses, most notably the now infamous Mark Fuhrman. The author does a good job of convincing the reader that fairness and justice dictated the verdict. His excellent book also penetrates the innermost workings of the defense team. Recommended for anyone interested in the tactics and strategies of criminal trial lawyers.Phillip Young Blue, New York State Supreme Court Criminal Branch Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446570077
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/29/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
513,314
File size:
541 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Shapiro (born September 2, 1942) received a business degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1965 and obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1968. At the start of his career, Mr. Shapiro spent two years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, then practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years and successfully defended O.J. Simpson and Christian Brando. Shortly after the Simpson trial, Mr. Shapiro steered his practice away from criminal defense and toward the civil arena. He has been recognized as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and is the founder of the Brent Shapiro Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise drug and alcohol awareness.

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