O.J. the Last Word: The Death of Justice

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Macmillan, 1998 - True Crime - 288 pages
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"O.J.: The Last Word" is perhaps the most controversial and shocking book yet to be written about the O.J. Simpson murder case. Spence, who was O.J.'s first choice to represent him in the criminal trial, and who served as a national commentator throughout one of America's greatest legal traumas, has chosen, after three years without a written word, to write this honest, often caustic assessment of the trial that riveted a nation. What distinguishes this work from the torrent of articles and books that have been written about the case is that Spence has chosen not merely to exhume the facts surrounding the case and reassess whether or not O.J. was guilty, but rather to use the trial to write about America itself. While both the defense and prosecution repeatedly claimed that this was not a case about race, not a murder that revolved around the evidence that a great black football star had murdered his blond ex-wife, Spence argues just the opposite: that this was a case about racial prejudices and bigotry from the start, and that those who choose to ignore these facts fail to understand the burning issues that continue to keep us a great nation divided. Spence also uses the case to attack the media orgy that has helped to create a culture of celebrity obsession and materialistic greed.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE DREAM TEAM
1
CHAPTER 2 THE OFFER
12
CHAPTER 3 THE BIRTH OF THE RACE CARD
19
CHAPTER 4 RACE CARD FEVER
27
CHAPTER 5 BIG GIRL
47
CHAPTER 6 THE NEW TABLOID PEOPLE
55
CHAPTER 7 THE NEEDLE
62
CHAPTER 8 THE MEDIA MONSTER
73
CHAPTER 14 TRUTH
179
CHAPTER 15 THE KNIFE
189
CHAPTER 16 THE RETURN OF THE FROGMAN
196
CHAPTER 17 THE CAMERAS
214
CHAPTER 18 CELEBRATING MURDER
223
CHAPTER 19 THE PUNISHED
234
CHAPTER 20 A NEW JUSTICE
240
Sources
257

CHAPTER 9 PEOPLE v JOHN WAYNE
93
CHAPTER 10 THE LAWYERS
111
CHAPTER 11 THE IRON SHOE
119
CHAPTER 12 THE BLAME CARD
144
CHAPTER 13 THE JUDGE
169
Acknowledgments
263
Index
265
About the Author
273
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Gerry Spence was born in Wyoming on January 8, 1929. He graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1952. He never lost a criminal case and has not lost a civil case since 1969. After he evaluated what was important to him, he founded Trial Lawyer's College, which trains young lawyers to beat corporate bigshots in the courtroom. He also founded Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, which specializes in public interest cases. He has written more than 15 books including Gunning for Justice, With Justice for None, From Freedom to Slavery, How to Argue and Win Every Time, The Making of a Country Lawyer, O.J.: The Last Word, A Boy's Summer, Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power, and Police State: How America's Cops Get Away with Murder. He also wrote Gerry Spence's Wyoming: The Landscape and the novel Half-Moon and Empty Stars.

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