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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Guilty, but Certainly Responsible . . .
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too late!!!
Mr. Petrocelli's book seems to fulfill his need to make himself out to be a great lawyer. He fails to realize that just about any lawyer could have won the civil case after all the negative fall-out over the verdict in the criminal trial. He mentions many things that the prosecution did wrong in their case without realizing that in the criminal trial the prosecution's...
Published on 19 May 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Guilty, but Certainly Responsible . . ., 14 May 1998
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too late!!!, 19 May 1998
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Mr. Petrocelli's book seems to fulfill his need to make himself out to be a great lawyer. He fails to realize that just about any lawyer could have won the civil case after all the negative fall-out over the verdict in the criminal trial. He mentions many things that the prosecution did wrong in their case without realizing that in the criminal trial the prosecution's burden was much more difficult. The prosecution could not put O.J. on the stand nor could they use a bunch of heresay evidence. This book is nothing but a rehash of all the reasons we should believe O.J. Simpson committed the murders. Trust me, you've heard it all on the news. I have read many books on this subject and this one was the worst.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything that Dan Petrocelli Had Against O.J. Simpson, 21 Jun 1998
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_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? Petrocelli's book may not be the final judgment on Simpson's guilt, but it does eliminate just about every other theory of the crime except the ones I examine in my own book. I endorse this book as the strongest possible case that can be made for O.J. Simpson's guilt. Once you have read it, you'll understand why gaping holes are left whic! h leave open the possibility that O.J. Simpson could only have been framed by someone with intimate access to him and Nicole, who also has a law enforcement background. That is the theory presented in _The Frame of the Century?_, which can be found on the web using any search engine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding perspective of legal management!, 16 Jun 1998
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Book Yet on The Simpson Case, 18 May 1998
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I was one of those few who had not closely followed the Simpson case. I purchased this book because I felt that it would report verbatim the testimony given in depositions and in the trial, and thus could not suffer too much from creative, biased writing. The author is, of course, biased. He represented the plaintiff, and felt Simpson was guilty, but I cannot conceive of anyone objectively reading this book and not coming to the conclusion that Simpson is a double murderer.
While many of this country's citizens may have legitimate concerns about their treatment by the police, this is not the case to represent those grievances. Simpson's side simply has no evidence regarding a police conspiracy. It is amazing to read about the mock trials conducted by Petrocelli's team wherein some Afro-American members of the mock jury indicated that while feeling Simpson guilty they would vote to acquit. As Petrocelli says, he wasn't trying to keep Blacks off the jury, he was trying to keep people with this sort of bias off the jury.
This book is important as history. It relates almost all the research done by the plaintiff's legal team, and the testimony presented in depositions and at the trial. For all of this, it is never tedious or dull; rather it reads like a courtroom thriller novel.
I have only one negative feeling about the book. While I am convinced that it is an important, necessary book, it seems odd that Petrocelli should make millions from writing it while the plaintiffs in the suit will probably see little of the 33.5 million dollar judgment. I had hoped that somewhere Petrocelli would say that he is giving some of his profits to the charitable organization founded by Goldman. Petrocelli also states how the Goldmans became like family to him. I guess he needed another family as it was obvious that he totally neglected his own for a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the Crinimal Trial SHOULD have been!, 10 Dec 1998
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A riveting account,that lays bare the deceit,lies,& contradictions of the"Brentwood Butcher" & the minions who still cling to him! Anybody,who after reading this book who STILL beleives in O.J.'s so-called"Innocence" must be either incredebly naive,or have a serious mental deficit!And to anybody who thinks he was the victim of a racial conspiracy,ask yourself this:When,at any time in his life before the events of the week of June 12,1994,did O.J. Simpson have to use his RACE to acheive something?Everything that the man has done & said in the last 4 years reeks of complete & utter GUILT!Apart from Vince Bugliosi,Dan Petrocelli is the only man who could have & SHOULD have prosecuted the criminal case!I am not making excuses for the minority of White Cops who presume a black person to be guilty of a crime just because they're black,but at the same time,I don't make excuses for the negative stereotype crinimal elements in the Black community that exploit past injustices to take attention away from their own irresponsible actions!This book is about truth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petrocelli exposes Simpson as a killer/liar/extreme egotist, 5 Nov 1998
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I could not stop reading this book once I started. I was reading it in traffic, sneaking it onto my desk at work, and staying up til midnight reading --- I was riveted. Petrocelli takes the reader through excruciating detail in his preparations for, and confrontation of, the KILLER. His compassion for the Goldman family and contempt for the Killer and his squadron of liars can be felt in every word. I truly felt that I had witnessed all the preparation and sat through the trial as a spectator. Petrocelli shows that he is a true professional, not enamored with tv cameras or publicity, whose only goal is to expose A LIAR and A MURDERER and to gain justice for two people who never had a chance when they were jumped, from behind, by a maniac wielding a knife and a grudge. The Killer got away with it once on earth - but he'll burn for all eternity when confronted with his personal Judgement Day. He'll probably look God in the eye and lie, lie, lie, like he has consistently lied since June 12, 1994; but this time there will be no Cochran, Shapiro, or Kardashian to step in on his behalf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough and engrossing look at the Simpson Civil suit, 30 May 1998
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I found Petrocelli's book utterly engrossing. I admit now that I was a Simpson trial junkie. Perhaps because of my disgust with the first outcome, it was with excitement that I picked up Petrocelli's book; I was not disappointed. Petrocelli's finest accomplishment with this book is showing how utterly shameless Simpson is. Petrocelli does not hide his incredulity, as well he shouldn't. Using sworn documents and other statements and materials, Petrocelli shows step by step Simpson's repeated attempts to obfuscate, attenuate, and ameliorate. Petrocelli also succeeds in voicing the reader's thoughts, as when he makes comments on specific Simpson lies; he knows what the reader is thinking. If you read one more book on Simpson, make it this one. "After you read this Simpson bible, you must find him liable."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 29 July 1998
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This is a riveting account of the second Simpson trial, made more powerful by the fact that at first, prosecutor Petrocelli was sympathetic to Simpson. At times, Petrocelli tells you more than you need to know about every member of the prosecution team, and he occasionally overdoes the sports metaphors, but this is more than made up for by his command of the case and his passion for justice. His account of his cross-examination of Simpson is one of the most powerful narrations I've read in a long time. You wish he'd been in charge of the criminal case.
I disagree with Amazon.com's decision to let one of the other reviewers use this page to plug his own product. What a surprise that reviewer wasn't satisfied with Petrocelli's book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, objective, and interesting beyond belief., 26 Jun 1998
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I found what I waited three years for in this book--objectivity, clarity, documented truths, and logical conclusions. In the past I refrained from buying books about this terrible event in order to maintain my personal objectivity. Rather than read someone's bias or point of view, I wanted the facts and this book provided them. It is an American tragedy that the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman did not have the benefit of superior lawyering in the criminal trial as was demonstrated during the civil case. Horray for what little justice was served in these murders, and a hearty 'thank you' to Daniel Petrocelli for having the determination and guts to write this masterpiece.
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