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The American legal system changed dramatically when the OJ Simpson trial became a television-ratings bonanza. Now it's all crime, all the time, from tabloid news to police procedurals. Americans now know more about the criminal justice system than ever before. Or do they?

In Mistrial, Mark Geragos and Pat Harris argue precisely the opposite: In pursuit of sensationalism, the public sees only a small, distorted sample of what really happens in our courtrooms. Geragos and Harris debunk the myth of impartial American justice - from stealth jurors who secretly swing for a conviction to cops who regularly lie on the witness stand. Ultimately, the authors question whether a justice system model drawn up two centuries ago is still viable today.

Geragos and Harris are legal experts and prominent criminal defense attorneys who have worked on everything from celebrity media circuses to equally compelling cases defending individuals desperate to avoid the spotlight. Mistrial gives a behind-the-scenes peek that reveals their most fascinating cases, enthralling legal eagles and armchair litigators alike, as it blows the lid off what really happens in a courtroom.

©2013 Penguin Publishing Group (P)2017 DawsAngeles LLC

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Very Entertaining...

This was a very interesting book. The stories are very well told. The authors pull the screen back to give you a behind the scenes look at the "best legal system in the world." As a Conservative, I could've done without the blatant digs at the right. While it didn't bother me, it does take you out of the moment. 5 Stars none the less.

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Law School in 8 hours

Anyone with even a passing interest in the US legal system will find this book fascinating.

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An interesting view of our legal system

Very interesting perspective on our legal system from from lawyers that have seen the good and the bad.

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  • 11-03-17

Very good, not great.

Cool insiteful into the business. Geragos is wildly likable for a guy who takes on some truly truly horrible people, like Scott Peterson and Chris brown. Still worth a listen for sure, and I really dug the narrator. Dawson was born to do voice work

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great read very informative

It's a look behind the scenes of the law force ment world And has great ideas for fixing the legal system

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Interesting insights into the criminal justice system

The Good:
The authors bring all of their incredible experiences to bear on this book and share some fantastic stories. Their insights into the criminal justice system really help to pull back the curtain and shed some light on the secretive world of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and cops.
The chapter on police officers and the chapter on prosecutors stand out as two of the best.
For example - we learn that some cops get very good at "testi-lying" in court and that "Police Memory Syndrome" (PMS) is a thing. Overall, a fun read.

The Bad:
The book starts out a bit slow, and occasionally wanders. The producers also chose to add 30sec - 1min of various sultry jazz music numbers - usually played on a moaning tenor sax - between each chapter. I found the musical interludes to be annoying. They were distracting and served no real purpose. But hey, maybe some will like it. There are also several sections that were repeated verbatim in different chapters. It could have used some editing.

The Ugly:
The narration on this book is awful. I'm not sure why they chose Mike Dawson to read a book about the legal system, but his voice didn't fit the subject at all. He also makes quite a few errors in pronunciation, and the words he doesn't say correctly are important - and would be familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of current events. But beyond that - the narrator sounds like an 80s Classic Rock morning DJ. In fact - listening to this book is like listening to a nine-hour long drag racing commercial. (IT'LL BLOW YOUR DOORS OFF!!!!!!). I did get used to it eventually, but it took two or three chapters. I think the subject matter would have been better served with a more traditional narrator.

Overall: I'm glad I bought it, and I enjoyed it. You will too.

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Very fascinating!

This book provides insight and knowledge that I never knew I was missing. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of past cases and statistics and it gave me a new appreciation for the law as well as its flaws. Great job Mark and Pat!

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Gotta listen!

As enjoyable as Mark Geragos' podcasts are, we couldn't wait for this book. It's a must-read, and really casts doubts on the criminal justice system. I especially enjoyed the end, when they made recommendations for reform.

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the workings of our justice system

great overview of the functioning elements of today's justice system .... for normal people. Mike Dawson does a perfect job as the narrator.

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Great insight into criminal justice system

I really enjoyed the insight into the criminal justice system. While I don't agree with everything they write there is a lot of great points that need to be discussed. Highly recommend this book.