Originally published between 1983 and 1988 in a magazine for attorneys, these stimulating essays will also magnetize the general public with their in-depth, behind-the-headlines accounts of 16 recent trials. Particularly enlightening are articles that probe the dynamics of juror interaction. An account of a libel case against the Washington Post shows a determined foreman arguing fellow jurors into voting his way by simply wearing down those with opposing views. An article about the DeLorean trial, by contrast, maintains that although adverse pretrial publicity initially influenced some jurors, they tried to consider the evidence methodically and honestly. Other pieces examine legal precedents set by individual cases. The brutal 1981 murder of a black teenager in Mobile, Ala., for example, led not only to convictions for his murderers but also to a $7 million judgment against the United Klans of America, the first time a Klan group was held responsible for the violent acts of its members. Also in these pages: Johnson vs. Johnson, MacDonald vs. McGinniss and Israel vs. Ivan Demjanjuk. Brill is editor-in-chief of American Lawyer and author of The Teamsters. (Apr.)
Reprinted from The American Lawyer magazine, these essays recount the dynamics, intrigues, personalities, and clashes comprising 16 prominent jury trials that occurred during the 1980s. The American Lawyer is known for brazen insights that expose attorneys as more than collegial partners in the justice enterprise, and these articles provide an exciting adventure through successes and failures and demonstrate how personalities, experience, strategies, and luck affect every lawsuit, from its inception through jury deliberations. Although clearly written, the collection has unsatisfactorily brief update epilogs and would have benefited from greater editing to eliminate some confusing chronologies and references to ``forthcoming'' events now well in the past. For larger public and academic collections-- Kenneth D. Crews, Los Angeles
Steven Brill is the founder of Journalism Online, a company designed to create a new, viable business model for journalism to flourish online. He is a feature writer for The New Yorker, The New York TimesMagazine, and TIME. Brill founded the Yale Journalism Initiative, which recruits and trains journalists. He founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, and Brill's Content Magazine. He is the author of After: How America Confronted the September 12th Era and The Teamsters.