By Richard Gabriel

October three, 1995. The surprising consequence of the O.J. Simpson trial leaves a state divided. July five, 2011. Casey Anthony walks unfastened regardless of being convicted via hundreds of thousands on cable information and social media.

There are instances whilst anything as supposedly uncomplicated as a simply verdict rises to the extent of cultural touchstone. frequently those moments hinge on good judgment that turns out incorrect and inexplicable—until now. In Acquittal, prime trial advisor Richard Gabriel explains how one of the most arguable verdicts lately got here to be.

Drawing on greater than twenty-eight years of expertise, Gabriel presents firsthand debts 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. knowledgeable on court docket psychology and communications, Gabriel bargains precise insights on defendants, prosecutors, judges, witnesses, newshounds, and an important humans within the room: the jury.

Through play-by-play breakdowns of the lawsuits, Gabriel unearths the variations among a court docket of legislation and the court docket of public opinion, the convoluted mechanics at the back of jury choice, ideas for making a cautious stability of proof and doubt, and the problems of supplying a good trial within the electronic age. alongside the best way, Gabriel increases not easy questions about not just the criminal process yet in regards to the probability of justice in an oversaturated media landscape.

The court is a usual theater. The stakes are excessive. the jobs are all too commonplace. and there's consistently the opportunity of a twist finishing. Acquittal is a revelatory advisor to this riveting, not easy, attention-grabbing world—the so much unpredictable drama in American existence.

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For those involved in the legal system, justice is the grinding process of research, motions, argument, and waiting. Mostly waiting. Waiting for coroner’s reports, for disclosures, for a court date, for a judge’s rulings. It is haunted by the ghosts of prior cases, sometimes determined by what one judge decided a hundred years ago in a court thousands of miles away. America has four separate justice systems. The first is Capital-J Justice. It exists in history books, law school lectures, and philosophical debates.

I have studied everything I could about how individuals and groups make decisions. I have learned it is important to dig deep into the archaeology of a case: the motivations of defendants; the biases of the attorneys, judges, and witnesses; the emotional issues; the values and public opinions in the community of the trial; the attitudes and experiences of jurors; their cultural interpretations and unconscious rules; the media’s coverage of a case; the personalities and communication preferences of everyone in the courtroom.

Simpson © Getty Images; Heidi Fleiss © Dan Groshong/Getty Images; Phil Spector Retrial © Pool/Getty Images; Casey Anthony Acquitted © Pool/Getty Images. Jacket design by Danielle Abbiate. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content. Penguin is committed to publishing works of quality and integrity. In that spirit, we are proud to offer this book to our readers; however, the story, the experiences, and the words are the author’s alone.

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