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This book confirms my hunches, which were certainly less informed than Dersh's. It also discusses all the different policies that go into our criminal justice system, in a language laypeople can understand.
After you read this book, you'll understand that "probably guilty" is not enough to convict. You'll also know that most people had more information than the jury, and that the jury had to base their verdict upon the evidence presented at trial, rather than all the facts and factoids floating around.
Ultimately, while the book may not convince you that (a) OJ didn't kill them (the book didn't try to that) or (b) OJ's guilt was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt, it will provide you with a better understanding of the criminal system.
Afterward, the media and disappointed viewers accused the jurors of being racists, but everybody already knew that would happen.
This book details the facts and contradictions thereof as seen by the jury. You might consider the lens too small, but this is our system, these are our rules and attorneys extol their virtues. People may not like the verdict or the defendants, especially after the media trashing. But people cannot react to media editing and emphasis, sound bites, commentators, pundits, critics and polls- instead of facts.
The book identifies succinctly which "facts" were not precisely as presented in the news and explanations that never made the headlines. This well written volume assembles them compactly, not over several months of testimony and thousands of hours of legal time-wasting. It will shred many beliefs held by the news-hour observer. These facts, viewed all at once produce a different picture of the events and the trial than you have today. When I say "facts", everything in the book is in the trial record. This is not an independant investigation.
It is a powerful presentation. After reading it, you may not change your opinion of O.J. Simpson's guilt or innocence.Read more ›
In reading this book I was pleasantly surprised by Mr. Dershowitz’s approach to relating the events of this trial. Mr. Dershowitz was a tenured Professor at Harvard, up until 2013 when he retired. During the OJ Simpson trail, he was part of the Defense, closely monitoring the trial in case an appeal had to be filed.
The contents of this book are not an attempt to ascertain whether OJ was actually innocent or guilty. This is a treatise on how the law actually works. At no point does Professor Dershowitz come out and call OJ innocent. This is a record of the trial, blow by blow, that gives the reader insight into why the verdict was for acquittal.
Reasonable Doubts are the deciding factors into whether or not a verdict is correctly made. That justice sometimes miscarries is a given. But this book shows what comprises “Reasonable Doubts.”
Sherlock Holmes once said it is not a matter of what you know; it is a matter of what you can prove. This is the basis of any court proceeding. The Jury is to consider the accused “innocent until proven guilty.” By the letter of the law, then; your opinion doesn’t matter. On the Jury you must decide on whether or not the prosecution has proven its case. In your own mind you may believe the person totally guilty. But the question is, would a reasonable person hearing the same facts that you have heard as a member of the Jury have reason to doubt part of the picture?
Professor Dershowitz takes us through a step by step recounting of where there were serious errors of judgment in the Prosecution’s case. Some of the mistakes were possibly not mistakes at all, yet there were enough certain mistakes to toss the balance.Read more ›
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Great read if you are a non-legal person. It explains the facets of criminal law pretty well. I would recommend to anybody seeking a general understanding of the trial or... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle Zimmer
Famed appellate attorney Alan Dershowitz states in the Introduction of this 1996 book, “When the word came … that there was a verdict… I also thought I would have to begin... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven H Propp
Alan M. Dershowitz was first in his class at Yale Law School and later became a full professor at Harvard Law School at age 28, the youngest in the... Read more
This book is full of nonsense. Dershowitz is simply promoting himself because he was OJ Simpson’s, “god forbid” lawyer. Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. Pomeroy
Predictably repetitive of Dershowitz's civil libertarian views, this book clearly explains how OJ was acquitted. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by metzmatt
I grew angry with the smug remarks about Marcia Clark and how inept her attempts to convict were. The defence team had 217 people working around the clock. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Vivian Dunham
Now I understand! As the author puts it in a nutshell, "the cops were trying to frame a murderer."
I found this book by accident at a library sale. Read more
Who can forget the controversies surrounding the OJ Simpson murder trial. Alan Dershowitz, America's renowned civil liberties lawyer and Harvard Law School Professor, was a member... Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by Ballerina