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Anatomy Of A Trial

Author: Jerrianne Hayslett
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826266552
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The People vs. O. J. Simpson ranks indisputably as the trial of the century. It featured a double murder, a celebrity defendant, a perjuring witness, and a glove that didn’t fit. The trial became a media circus of outrageous proportions that led the judge to sequester the jury, eject disruptive reporters, and fine the lawyers thousands of dollars. Now an insider at The People vs. O. J. Simpson reveals the untold story of the most widely followed trial in American history and the indelible impact it has had on the judiciary, the media, and the public. As the Los Angeles Superior Court’s media liaison, Jerrianne Hayslett had unprecedented access to the trial—and met with Judge Lance Ito daily—as she attempted, sometimes unsuccessfully, to mediate between the court and members of the media and to balance their interests. In Anatomy of a Trial, she takes readers behind the scenes to shed new light on people and proceedings and to show how the media and the trial participants changed the court-media landscape to the detriment of the public’s understanding of the judicial system. For those who think they’ve already read all there is to know about the Simpson trial, this book is an eye-opener. Hayslett kept a detailed journal during the proceedings in which she recorded anecdotes and commentary. She also shares previously undisclosed information to expose some of the myths and stereotypes perpetuated by the trial, while affirming other stories that emerged during that time. By examining this trial after more than a decade, she shows how it has produced a bunker mentality in the judicial system, shaping media and public access to courts with lasting impact on such factors as cameras in the courtroom, jury selection, admonishments from the bench, and fair-trial/free-press tensions. The first account of the trial written with Judge Ito’s cooperation, Anatomy of a Trial is a page-turning narrative and features photographs that capture both the drama of the courtroom and the excesses of the media. It also includes perspectives of legal and journalism authorities and offers a blueprint for how the courts and media can better meet their responsibilities to the public. Even today, judges, lawyers, and journalists across the country say the Simpson trial changed everything. This book finally tells us why.

University Of Missouri Press

Author: Melvin D. George
ISBN: 9780826218292
Size: 54.23 MB
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"Celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the University of Missouri Press in 1958 by William Peden. Explores the importance of university presses to the dissemination of scholarship and looks to the future of book publishing. Includes lists of books in print and out of print as of 2008"--Provided by publisher.

O J Unmasked

Author: M. L. Rantala
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 9780812693287
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Offers a detailed analysis of the evidence in the O.J. Simpson case, including the DNA evidence, and discusses the jury, the impact of the media, and other famous trials

The Spectacle

Author: Paul Thaler
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275953201
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In the "Year of Simpson," the country was caught in the throes of the biggest story ever. No other single news event in our history could match the sheer scope and intensity of coverage given to the O. J. Simpson murder case. But the media did not just report the Simpson case, they were instrumental in creating it--a spectacle of such stupendous proportions that it "hijacked" American culture. In this critical expose of American media, Thaler presents a riveting narrative about the men and women who gave us the story of the century. It is a story of exploitation, of media overkill and outright pandering, of huge profitmaking, that changed the course of the trial and fueled tremendous public cynicism about the way in which justice--and the media--work in this country.