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This review is from: Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion (Hardcover)
Well written and thoroughly documented, Kendall Coffey's "Spinning the Law" is a must-read, not just for attorneys but for anyone wishing to understand the American legal process as it actually functions, warts and all. In a calm, measured voice, he describes how prosecutors and the defense team address the court of public opinion as much as the court of law in high-profile cases.
Drawing from his experience as a former U.S. Attorney and prominent private practitioner, Coffey weaves a mesmerizing narrative of cases that dominated national headlines, like the Elian Gonzalez drama and the Bush-Gore election battle. Not one to self-aggrandize, he readily admits his own mistakes in a refreshingly open and honest manner, making his measured, even-handed critiques of others more meaningful. He dissects not only contemporary cases such as Martha Stewart, O. J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Michael Vick, but his well-researched discussions of the trials of Socrates, Joan of Arc and Oscar Wilde and the Lindbergh kidnapping show that legal spin is not just a modern phenomenon.
I look forward to looking at the spin more closely when the next high-profile legal case arrives. The lessons from this terrific book will make an impact on the reader's understanding of legal reality.
Disclaimer: the author of this review is a former law partner of the author.