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This review is from: Journey to Justice (Hardcover)
This is a great book by Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., the lawyer who headed OJ Simpson's Dream Team and won his acquittal. It is more or less his autobiography, but it all leads up to the aptly named "Trial of the Century" as its exciting climax. From humble beginnings in Shreveport, Louisiana Johnnie's family moves to Los Angeles where through hard work and education he becomes a successful lawyer. Cochran is a marvelous story teller, and he, along with writing partner Tim Rutten, kept me turning the pages throughout, anxious to find out what was going to happen next. The portrait emerged of an intelligent and religious man who was a tireless advocate for the people of his community. It was quite at odds with the image I had prior to reading his book; that was closer to the parody of him--the fictional character Jackie Chiles, portrayed by actor Phil Morris on Seinfeld.
I still think that OJ did it and find it hard to believe that Cochran really thought that OJ was innocent, but it was fascinating reading about the trial from his point-of-view nonetheless. Also, there are many interesting cases that happened before the American Othello, and I enjoyed reading the first part of the book just as much as the latter. Cochran was right in the thick of things, and he worked as a prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles, and as a defense lawyer during the struggle for civil rights. The Watts Riot, the riot that followed the Rodney King verdict, and many other chapters in our Nation's history were witnessed by him, and he participated in many of the trials that followed. His clients included Michael Jackson and Lenny Bruce, as well as the Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt, and many others. Cochran presents a very convincing case that Pratt was framed by the FBI--better even than his OJ defense--nevertheless, Pratt remains in jail, while OJ... well, OJ is in jail now, too.
The Bottom Line is that I recommend Journey to Justice for all those who enjoy riveting court drama and those who seek to understand the tumultuous times lived through and affected by Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.