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How could it be that four white police officers who beat, stomped and kicked an unarmed black man were not found guilty?
Everyone had seen the "evidence" with their own eyes. After all, the beating had been captured on videotape and shown thousands of times on television.
There was an overwhelming reaction against the verdicts from the L.A. riots, to disillusionment expressed by the President, criticisms in the media, and from ordinary people in all walks of life. Clearly, something was radically wrong with our system of justice or our perception of it.
The first Rodney King beating trial evoked feelings of outrage in Administrative Law Judges Laurence H. Geller and Peter Hemenway, as well as profound disappointment and utter frustration with our jury system.
Then came the reverberations from the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials with their racial overtones. Once again, America's jury system was on trial.
The authors decided to put the notion of out-of-control juries to the test. They put their preconceived feelings on hold, and reviewed the evidence presented to the jurors in the actual King beating trial. Geller and Hemenway sought answers to the following questions:
(1) What role did pretrial publicity play in the Rodney King beating trial and in the O.J. Simpson case?
(2) Were the King beating trial verdicts symptomatic of a breakdown in a good system, or did they show the bankruptcy of a bad system that provided unequal justice for people of color?
(3) Could the verdicts in the King beating trial be correct given the evidence presented?
(4) Could jurors do their job, or were criminal trials so hopelessly complicated that verdicts would always be bizarre and irrational?
(5) How could jury trials be improved?
Their search resulted in a hard-hitting and innovative exploration of the American jury system.
"Last Chance for Justice" demystifies jury service, enabling ordinary citizens to cut through legalese, understand the process and how they can contribute to improving it. The book asks all of us to examine our biases to see whether we can be impartial jurors.
"Last Chance" demonstrates how changes in the jury system can empower jurors and result in greater justice for defendants, victims and for the community.From the Back Cover:
"We the People, are a nation governed by law. We are asked and expected each day to respect it and obey it. Our good citizenship cannot end there. We must be part of the system in order for it to work. When that moment arrives and we are asked to serve on a jury we must accept. Understanding the importance and the intricacies of that responsibility is made clear by "Last Chance for Justice." We are, I believe, on the precipice of losing justice as we have known it-Take the process seriously or we shall!" -- Fred Goldman, Father of Ron Goldman
"I highly recommend "Last Chance for Justice." It's a valuable book that unlocks and illuminates the mysteries and legal manipulations of the criminal courtroom for laypeople and potential jurors." -- Vincent Bugliosi, Prosecutor of Charles Manson, Author of bestsellers "Helter Skelter" and "Outrage".
"Last Chance for Justice" is a very compelling, easily understood and important book which contains many insights into the American jury system. The book requires the reader to set aside prejudice and walk a mile in the shoes of the average juror. Recommended and required reading." --Melanie E. Lomax, Former President of the LAPD Board of Police Commissioners during the Rodney King Era, 1990-1991.
Brings the trial process to life in a matter of fact manner made intriguing and interesting by infusing the Simpson and Rodney King beating trial cases into its framework. A primer for law students, the new legal practitioner, and an excellent reminder for the seasoned trial lawyer." -- Kit Cleland, Northern California prosecutor with over 25 years experience with 100 jury trials including 12 capital cases.
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