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An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't

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 more...


"Very educational"

"I first heard of Mark Geragos when I was in Junior High. He was the attorney for Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson. Based on how people on the radio described him you'd think he breathed fire. Years later I see that he has a podcast with Adam Carolla and surprisingly enough he is very smart and funny. When I saw this audiobook I jumped right in. I realize how manipulated I had been by things like Talk Radio when I was younger. Defense attorneys are important and we should understand why they do what they do."

-5 star review