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Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgement of the Simpson Saga Hardcover – 1 Apr 1998

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  • Hardcover: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; Lst Ed edition (1 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609601709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609601709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
If Daniel Petrocelli argued before the civil jury as clear as he wrote this book, it is without a doubt no surprise they came to the verdict they did . . .
Having read Toobin's The Run of His Life, and Schiller's American Tragedy, both of which are good books, I read Petrocelli's book with the thought that there would be nothing more I could possible learn about the Simpson circus. But there was. Much more.
For example, how could the police have planted the evidence before they had Simpson's blood? How did "the killer" get cut from broken glass, when the cuts were on the back of his fingers? These are only a few of the delicious examples Petrocelli points out.
His description of people and the day to day trial events are vivid; as vivid as his description of Simpson's demeanor. As vivid, even, as Nicole and Ron's autopsy photos.
The book is compelling, and it not once allows the reader to put it down. So, if you were angered that Simpson was found "not guilty," then you will be delightfully rewarded in Petrocelli's account of the civil case.
The case of State of California v. Simpson cost more than $30 million, and took more than a year to complete. The evidence was staggering, and the arguments on both sides strong. Yet, the verdict was "not guilty."
The book Triumph of Justice cost me $20, took me less than a week to read, and Petrocelli's arguments were succinct, powerful, and persuasive. He may not have been "guilty" of murder, but after reading this book, I would certainly find Simpson "responsible" for two grisly deaths.
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Format: Hardcover
_Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgment on the Simpson Saga_, by Daniel Petrocelli with Peter Knobler, is must reading for any Simpson case junkie. Even though it's over 600 pages long, I found it compelling, page-turning reading. Petrocelli, who masterminded the civil case which won a 33.5 million judgment against Simpson for liability in the deaths of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, shows us how he presented a tighter and more focused case than the criminal prosecution, and used his lawyerly skills to preempt a defense by Simpson first by excluding blacks from the civil jury by convincing the judge that they were biased, then by making motions upheld by the trial judge which prevented the defense from arguing that anyone else could have committed the murders or framed Simpson. Petrocelli provides a wealth of circumstantial evidence against Simpson, even greater than in the criminal trial, and shows his committed advocacy to his client Fred Goldman by calling every witness who favored his side a truthful hero and every witness who favored the defense a liar and a bad guy. He also makes the leap of faith that if O.J. Simpson lied about anything in the case, it must be because he was the murderer, and Petrocelli does not examine any other reasonable theories why an innocent man might lie. But the wealth of information Petrocelli developed through investigation and depositions manages to focus the primary question which I myself raised in my book _The Frame of the Century?_ That question is: if O.J. Simpson did not commit the murders at Bundy, how could there be any possible reasonable explanation of how there could be so much credible evidence against him?Read more ›
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Was drawn to this book because I had seen Daniel Petrocelli on various talk shows. His explanation and legal rationale relative to the important legal and social issues of this case caught my attention. Prior to the publication of his book, I had not read any books relative to the O J case. Petrocelli provides the reader with a behind the scene view as to the strength of his leadership and managerial skills. He was faced with a huge task of evaluating the mountains of legal testimony and evidence from the original case. Where to start? Where would the money to put on a first class case come from? Who should be involved? He takes the reader on his personal journey from the early stages as to whether he should take the case,through his approach to key individuals in his law firm, the rationale he used for delegation, as well as expressing the personal doubts he encountered both prior to and during the case. Soon the reader feels his obsession, his passion and distaste for Simpson, but is still able to become focused enough to develop a very cogent legal strategy. The book certainly is a must reading for any law student because of its awareness in how important it is to have good case preparation. Such an approach may be taught in law school, but when done in an effective way as outlined by Petrocelli, it can be a realistic learning experience. It is even recommended reading for experienced trial lawyers who have an opportunity to reinforce what it takes to develop a thoroughness of legal preparation whenever they represent a client. Petrocelli provides a high quality sense of reality for legal scholars and practioners as to what clients should expect from a legal team in a high stakes winner take all game. The purchase of this book is worth the investment.
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