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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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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Pardon on 02-22-18

Eye Opening and Entertaining

To begin I will say that the narrator, Mike Dawson, was the perfect choice for the theme and content of this book. The content itself is entertaining, informative, and often surprising. I suppose some would go as far as to say that some of the information is controversial, but because it is opinion supported by anecdotal and experiential evidence I can say nothing negative about it.
Overall it is a superb listen (right down to the campy transition music) that is worthy of occasionally being dusted off for another play.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 01-24-18

Great insight to trials

Would you listen to Mistrial again? Why?

YES!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The Scott Peterson trial i was living near modesto and did listen to the reports on tv. I didn't know how wrong the media got it. My mind has changed a lot about the whole case and wondering where i really stand with the whole thing.

What about Mike Dawson’s performance did you like?

A great job!

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