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Confessions of a "Rape Cop" Juror [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Kirkland , Katie Sokoler
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Book Description

On a cold December night in 2008, two NYPD officers were dispatched to help an intoxicated young woman in Manhattan's East Village. What happened next would result in the startling accusation that the police officers had raped the woman. After a weeks-long, and at many times harrowing, trial in spring of 2011, the jury of seven men and five women handed down controversial rape acquittals which inspired outrage and protests.

In the Gothamist Feature, "Confessions of a 'Rape Cop' Juror," juror Patrick Kirkland gives an inside look at how he and his fellow arbiters of the law tackled the lack of physical evidence, the testimonies of the accused and accusers, and their duty as they reached the unpopular verdict.

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  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Gothamist (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LQV3CM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up September 11, 2011
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Bravo to Mr. Kirkland. He captured the intense contemplation and emotion that was invoked by being a juror involved in such a high profile case. At every point of the book, the reader realizes how seriously the trial's testimony is being taken. Mr. Kirkland's writing style is refreshing and the flashbacks help put the reader back in the trial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight and Storytelling September 13, 2011
By Fletch
Reading this gave a real perspective into the difficulties and internal battles that a juror must feel in a case as torn as this. The writer does a fantastic job of bringing the surreal into a case of empathy and understanding as to how the jurors came to their decision. Terrific writing and wonderful insight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Angry Men (Jurors) Redux September 10, 2011
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It is easy to judge and blame the jurors in this case for not voting "NOT GUILTY" (aka: "the public's opinion" - which was flamed by the tabloids, as usual). I truly feel for the jurors: for taking criticism from co-workers to reporters getting their phone numbers off the Internet (privacy, anyone?) and stalking them outside their apartments (again: privacy, anyone?). That is something I never want, nor do I wish that on anyone either. I also agree with the author that, God forbid, I am ever on trial I hope a jury can look at my case in the manner that they did.

With that said, I really enjoyed this piece. I enjoyed the style, the pacing, the flashbacks, the structure, the descriptions and the dialogue. I found this to be a very real, compelling and honest account of what happened throughout the deliberation and beyond. It was quite gripping. I kept wanting to read it - it was very addictive. It is rare for me to read something that takes me on a journey inside a court case or jury and take a look at what went on. Yet, I picked this up on the suggestion of my wife and I found myself hooked. I kept wanting more. There were times this piece reminded me of 12 Angry Men - it had that same level of excitement, with me wondering what would happen next. And, even though I knew what would happen, it was still exciting getting there and going along for the ride. That is a testament to the piece itself, which I think could make a compelling film. I would pay to watch this if it were ever produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 10, 2011
By as40479
This is a very interesting and well written piece. Mr. Kirkland did an excellent job of summarizing what I'm sure was a very stressful few months for all involved. This was an extremely controversial case and it was fascinating to read about the deliberations and how the jurors came to their conclusions. It definitely gives you an insiders perspective of how hard it is to be on a jury and to decide someones fate. Whether or not you agree with the verdict, it seems that this jury took their job very seriously and for that I am thankful... If I am ever unlucky enough to be on trial, I would want the same. I would definitely recommend this piece to anyone interested in this particular case, or the American justice system in general.
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1.0 out of 5 stars making money off others' suffering November 14, 2013
at the end of the day, by buying this you are rewarding someone who lets cops off for raping a woman. I love true crime books but I will never put money in the pocket of this type of author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Job well done September 14, 2011
Patrick did a wonderful job of putting the reader in the room with the jurors and allowing him to share in the emotion of the deliberations. This piece really detailed the intensity that goes on behind the scenes. While many of us may moan and groan when we see the jury summons in our mail box, it is refreshing to know that those selected for the job take it so seriously.
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