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The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson Paperback – September 29, 2015
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Just when you thought everyone and their second-cousin had published a book on the most famous criminal proceding of the century, along comes a book about the trial that actually deserves to be read.
Jeffrey Toobin's coverage of the trial of O.J. Simpson for The New Yorker magazine was the first to focus on the reality that no one wanted to addresss directly, but that pervaded every moment of the trial and perhaps even the crime itself - that race was at the heart of everything. Toobin's explosive article in July 1994, "An Incendiary Defense," laid out the defense lawyers' strategy, fingered Mark Fuhrman as their chief villain, and made the "race card" the euphemism of choice.
In The Run of His Life, Toobin's reporting, based on his unprecedented access to sources to the sources on all sides, lets us see, in a fresh light, the prosecutors, defense attorneys, private eyes, waiters, dog walkers, cops, ex-football stars, TV personalities, forensic experts, and so many others. He also offers an insightful examination of the larger questions raised by the case - including the importance of celebrity, race (and the way it's manipulated in the media), California as both a state and a state of mind, domestic violence, American jurisprudence, and the efficacy of the jury system. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Toobin was an assistant U.S. attorney before joining the staff of The New Yorker, which published "An Incendiary Defense," his groundbreaking article on the O.J. Simpson case in its July 25, 1994 issue. This will be a big book, but as the contents are deemed "highly confidential," we can't say much more.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I felt that this book was a well-balanced account of how the prosecution lost the OJ Simpson case in 1995.
The book focuses on the murder trial but Toobin expands it outward with biographical sketches of the lawyers, witnesses, and victims. As a lawyer his understanding of the law is impeccable but his presentation of the legal matters is plain and simple and informed by his unbiased, though not impersonal voice. He is not on one side or the other but he can be ferociously and sometimes hilariously scathing in his criticisms of everyone including but not limited to the defense lawyers, the prosecution lawyers, the jurors, the judge, even the victims’ family members. It is both a narration of the events of this tense and unforgettable human tragedy and a behind the scenes look at all the angles that were not reported when it happened under the eyes of the country.
Toobin brings together an astounding amount of detail and packages it in a riveting book that will change the way you think about crime, justice, race, and the American Dream forever.
Having been as transfixed as many others by the events of the trial of O.J. Simpson in the mid-1990's , I was curious to read yet another account of those events. This book shed more light on the case largely because it was written by "an outsider" with a legal background rather than one of the participants.
Obviously there is no secret in how either of the two trials documented in this work ended yet Toobin is able to keep our attention through both delving into the background of the prosecution staff; defense team; Judge Ito; and many of the police officers involved in the investigation; and by giving his perspective on the evidence.
Mr. Toobin makes no bones about how he believes it was the failure of Marcia Clark "to see the forest for the trees" in how she chose to conduct herself throughout the investigation leading up to the trial and in presenting the prosecution case at trial that accounted for the acquittal. He is equally harsh on Chris Darden and Lance Ito for their lack of aggressiveness in pursuing their role's in the debacle that led to O.J. Simpson's acquittal in the criminal trial.
What was particularly interesting was the portion of the book related to the civil wrongful death suits that followed the criminal trial. Toobin's take on how the plaintiff's attorneys handled much of the same evidence presented in the criminal trial with a much different outcome is a counterpoint to the failure of the L.A. District Attorney's office under Gil Garcetti to obtain what should have been a "slam-dunk" verdict of guilty.
A good read on when the justice system fails because of ineptitude.
If you only read one book about the investigation and trial, this is a good candidate to consider.