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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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The second justice system is lowercase justice, the machinery by which the process of justice occurs. These are the mines where thousands of lawyers, judges, paralegals, clerks, bailiffs, messengers, copying services, and court reporters toil every day. The creaky, unwieldy, but still-working machinery by which Big Rule Book violations are determined. It is a messy, infuriating process, marked by clenched jaw admonitions of judges, the indignant bellows of righteous barristers, and spoken in the whispered prayers of defendants sitting in their holding cells, waiting for their day in court.

One of the first characteristics of highly successful attorneys is a voracious competitiveness, a hunger to win, and a will to dominate the case. While we normally associate these traits with loud, pulpit-pounding zeal, I have seen these same characteristics in quiet, methodical, and meticulous attorneys. The will to win is manifested in an excellent advocate’s ability to control the focus of the case from the very beginning, to assert their essential perspective so that the judge and the jury are already looking at the issues in the case from their viewpoint.

And we get instant interpretation through the experts’ editorials on our smartphones, laptops, and televisions. This information conduit is as old as the printing press and as new as fiber-optic cable streaming 24/7 news, images, and 140-character tweets. m. news, they now demand information constantly. Two and a half billion worldwide users are voraciously hungry and demand to be fed every day, every hour, and every minute. The fourth and most important justice system is a work of imagination.

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