By Richard Gabriel
October three, 1995. The surprising final result of the O.J. Simpson trial leaves a state divided. July five, 2011. Casey Anthony walks unfastened regardless of being convicted by way of thousands on cable information and social media.
There are instances while whatever as supposedly uncomplicated as a simply verdict rises to the extent of cultural touchstone. frequently those moments hinge on good judgment that turns out unsuitable and inexplicable—until now. In Acquittal, major trial advisor Richard Gabriel explains how probably the most debatable verdicts lately got here to be.
Drawing on greater than twenty-eight years of expertise, Gabriel presents firsthand bills 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 regarding Enron and Whitewater. a professional on courtroom psychology and communications, Gabriel deals certain insights on defendants, prosecutors, judges, witnesses, reporters, and crucial humans within the room: the jury.
Through play-by-play breakdowns of the complaints, Gabriel unearths the diversities among a court docket of legislation and the courtroom of public opinion, the convoluted mechanics in the back of jury choice, thoughts for making a cautious stability of proof and doubt, and the problems of offering a good trial within the electronic age. alongside the best way, Gabriel increases not easy questions about not just the felony procedure yet in regards to the threat of justice in an oversaturated media landscape.
The court docket is a normal theater. The stakes are excessive. the jobs are all too universal. and there's continually the opportunity of a twist finishing. Acquittal is a revelatory advisor to this riveting, problematical, attention-grabbing world—the such a lot unpredictable drama in American existence.
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Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today's Most Infamous Verdicts by Richard Gabriel