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In Trial of the Century, acclaimed author Frank Schmalleger provides a self-contained, accessible account of the criminal and judicial proceedings of the O.J. Simpson double murder trial. The text draws from the unrivaled documentation of this event to guide students through the workings of America's criminal justice system. Schmalleger also reaches beyond the crime scene and court room to explore the psyche of American society as it relates to the trial and the events surrounding it.

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KEY BENEFIT: In Trial of the Century, acclaimed author Frank Schmalleger provides a self-contained, accessible account of the criminal and judicial proceedings of the O.J. Simpson double murder trial. KEY TOPICS: The text draws from the unrivaled documentation of this event to guide students through the workings of America's criminal justice system. Schmalleger also reaches beyond the crime scene and court room to explore the psyche of American society as it relates to the trial and the events surrounding it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (February 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132359537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132359535
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master's (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology.

From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminology and criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university's Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. The university named him Distinguished Professor in 1991.

Schmalleger has taught in the online graduate program of the New School for Social Research, helping to build the world's first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university's graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade.

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and more than 30 books, including the widely used Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice Hall, 2014), Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2013), and Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 2014).

Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies. He has served as editor for the Prentice Hall series Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century and as imprint adviser for Greenwood Publishing Group's criminal justice reference series.

Schmalleger's philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: "In order to communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person's interest--be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must in some way help solve those problems." Visit the author's website at http://www.schmalleger.com, and follow his blog @schmalleger.



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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. M Marson on May 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Without a doubt, Schmalleger's "Trial of the Century: People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson" is the best book ever written about this trial. Two essential points must be made.
First, the intended audience of this monograph is criminal justice students. Schmalleger thought that students could learn court and legal concepts by employing the Simpson trial. This is a brilliant strategy. For example, students will learn and will not forget concepts such as "evidence," "direct evidence" and "circumstantial evidence."
Second, when one is finished reading this book, one will understand why OJ was found not guilty. The reason is simple, but not obvious. Much of the book includes court transcripts. We actually read the exact words of the lawyers and the judge. This is the real eye-opener. OJ did NOT win because of the "race card." He won because his lawyers (F. Lee Bailey, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Alan Derchowitz, Carl Douglas, Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck, and Gerald Uelmen) were much more competent than the prosecutors (Gill Garcetti, Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden, and Hank Goldberg).
Reading the transcript is much better than hearing the words. With the written word, the reader has an opportunity to analyze the sentence structure and understand the power of the words being used. Simply stated the defense were better orators than the prosecutors. The defense had command of the English language and the prosecutors did not.
My conclusion from reading this book: If OJ had an all white OBJECTIVE jury, he would have been acquitted. It was not the evidence; it was the manner in which the evidence was presented.
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Personally, I enjoyed this book (although there were some paragraphs that a felt safe to skip over without missing any vital information). However, be aware that this book is mostly a word for word transcript of the court proceedings. He does use these real court transcripts to help teach the reader some of the basics of court procedure and language
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If you are a scholar this may be useful to you, but it is too detailed, too full of long long long excerpts from the trial record, too boring to keep you awake late at night.
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