By Richard Gabriel
October three, 1995. The surprising end result of the O.J. Simpson trial leaves a kingdom divided. July five, 2011. Casey Anthony walks unfastened regardless of being convicted by way of hundreds of thousands on cable information and social media.
There are instances whilst anything as supposedly basic as a simply verdict rises to the extent of cultural touchstone. usually those moments hinge on common sense that turns out unsuitable and inexplicable—until now. In Acquittal, major trial advisor Richard Gabriel explains how the most debatable verdicts lately got here to be.
Drawing on greater than twenty-eight years of expertise, Gabriel offers firsthand money owed of his paintings on high-profile instances, from the tabloid trials of Casey Anthony, O.J. Simpson, Phil Spector, and Heidi Fleiss to the political firestorms concerning Enron and Whitewater. a professional on courtroom psychology and communications, Gabriel deals particular insights on defendants, prosecutors, judges, witnesses, newshounds, and an important humans within the room: the jury.
Through play-by-play breakdowns of the complaints, Gabriel unearths the variations among a courtroom of legislation and the courtroom of public opinion, the convoluted mechanics in the back of jury choice, techniques for making a cautious stability of facts and doubt, and the problems of supplying a good trial within the electronic age. alongside the way in which, Gabriel increases tough questions about not just the criminal procedure yet concerning the hazard of justice in an oversaturated media landscape.
The court docket is a normal theater. The stakes are excessive. the jobs are all too widely used. and there's continually the opportunity of a twist finishing. Acquittal is a revelatory advisor to this riveting, problematic, interesting world—the such a lot unpredictable drama in American existence.
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