Just how much influence do the various media have on theoutcome of trials, especially those involving celebrities? Who regulates theheadlines, the news flashes, the interviews with questionable witnesses? Whoverifies the anonymous tips and the leaked information from "undisclosedsources" before it's presented as fact to the public? And most of all, how does all this mediahype influence the jury pool? Can a case be tried by a truly impartial jury?
G.B.Pool knows her subject and is good at developing a mysteryplot. Her crisp dialogue, snappy court room scenes and authentic media-speak makethis book a fast, but enjoyable read. She has a colorful cast of characters,some reminiscent of recent celebrity trials, including a veiled reference tothe infamous Jayson Blair of the New York Times plagiarism scandal.
Media Justice is light reading on a heavy subject. It's acandid look into how broadcast and print journalism can manipulate public opinionand "convict or acquit" the accused before the jury evenbegins to deliberate. Is this Justice...or Injustice?
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"Filledwith a superb cast and a very interesting plot, it is suspenseful,intriguing, and very entertaining!" This is an exceptional bookand read.
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From the Inside Flap
Black actionhero, Desmond Williams, the screen's meanest good guy, is accused of murderinghis ex-wife and her gay companion. His lawyer, Malvin Shepherd, is a whitebigot who uses every trick in the book to get him off.
Former privatedetective Ginger Caulfield gets a jury summons in her mailbox. "Oh, expletivedeleted," she says. Guess who ends up on the jury? When they are sequesteredand jurors start dying, Ginger fights back with the help of a male juror whosepast doesn't exist. And he seems to know some of the same tricks the defenseattorney is using.
The media playsboth sides. Their endless stream of experts provides analysis that ishalf-baked, some is wishful thinking, and a smattering is sheer poppycock. Whenthe rumor mill kicks into gear, the public is treated to analysis of thepoppycock. Their evening news assumptions become the morning headlines. But some journalists do more than just slanttheir stories.
Black femaleprosecutor, Johnnie Greer, has to fight something even tougher than MalvinShepherd, and someone near her isn't making it any easier. The District Attorney is facing reelection.If he blows the case, he'll lose the election. Malvin Shepherd tosses in hismonkey wrenches. The feeding frenzy begins. You have to wonder how much isbeing leaked from the D.A.'s office and what has sprung forth from defensecounsel's well-oiled machine. Thecase impacts everybody.
Before it'sover, each has to ask: "What do I value most?"