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Publisher's Summary

The American legal system changed dramatically when the OJ Simpson trial became a television-ratings bonanza. Now it's all crime, all the time, from tabloid news to police procedurals. Americans now know more about the criminal justice system than ever before. Or do they?
In Mistrial, Mark Geragos and Pat Harris argue precisely the opposite: In pursuit of sensationalism, the public sees only a small, distorted sample of what really happens in our courtrooms. Geragos and Harris debunk the myth of impartial American justice - from stealth jurors who secretly swing for a conviction to cops who regularly lie on the witness stand. Ultimately, the authors question whether a justice system model drawn up two centuries ago is still viable today.
Geragos and Harris are legal experts and prominent criminal defense attorneys who have worked on everything from celebrity media circuses to equally compelling cases defending individuals desperate to avoid the spotlight. Mistrial gives a behind-the-scenes peek that reveals their most fascinating cases, enthralling legal eagles and armchair litigators alike, as it blows the lid off what really happens in a courtroom.
©2013 Penguin Publishing Group (P)2017 DawsAngeles LLC
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By Nick P. on 07-28-17

Very Entertaining...

This was a very interesting book. The stories are very well told. The authors pull the screen back to give you a behind the scenes look at the "best legal system in the world." As a Conservative, I could've done without the blatant digs at the right. While it didn't bother me, it does take you out of the moment. 5 Stars none the less.

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By Christopher Falvello on 06-22-17

Law School in 8 hours

Anyone with even a passing interest in the US legal system will find this book fascinating.

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