Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgment on the Simpson Saga

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Crown Publishers, 1998 - True Crime - 644 pages
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When Daniel Petrocelli was first approached to represent the family of Ron Goldman in the O.J. Simpson civil trial, he was one of the few people in America who had paid little attention to the Simpson criminal trial. His first inclination was to turn down the case. But as friends and clients urged him to accept, as he got to know not only the Goldmans but the facts of the case and the human tragedy lurking behind it, Petrocelli realized this was something he had to tackle head on.

Never having tried a murder case, putting his firm's considerable reputation at risk, confronting a media swarm for which he was totally unprepared, and facing an overwhelming financial disadvantage, Petrocelli nonetheless went on a personal and increasingly passionate mission to bring about justice. Triumph of Justice is a chronicle of that mission.  Petrocelli's insights, observations, and inside information not only show us how he convinced a jury to find O.J. Simpson liable for $33.5 million in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman--proving to the American people that their legal system does indeed work--he also makes the story a compelling and exciting legal read.

Among the revelations detailed in these pages:
Petrocelli's ten-day, no-holds-barred deposition of O.J. Simpson
What Petrocelli learned from the incendiary depositions and interviews of Kato Kaelin, Faye Resnick, Marcus Allen, A.C. Cowlings, and others
The surprising realizations that emerged from a mock jury trial, which Petrocelli lost
His dramatic face-to-face courtroom confrontation with O.J. Simpson on the witness stand
What happened that night in Brentwood

Petrocelli also offers insight into the larger issues--of race, wealth, celebrity, and police competence--surrounding the case. He places the trial in its proper context and, in so doing, examines legal questions and issues about our justice system that affect and reflect upon every one of us.

Triumph of Justice proves, conclusively, that O.J. Simpson told lie after lie and that he did indeed kill his ex-wife and an innocent man. It is the story you haven't heard about the trial you didn't see and is the closest, most in-depth look at an important murder case since Helter Skelter.

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User Review  - iBeth - LibraryThing

This massive book would have had much more appeal to Simpson trial junkies twenty years ago . . . it is filled with arcane detail that isn't as interesting now (e.g., depositions of bit players such ... Read full review

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User Review  - LoriHedgpeth - LibraryThing

"Triumph of Justice" is probably the best account by an "insider" of the Simpson legal and criminal saga. Civil attorney Daniel Petrocelli was hired by the Goldman family to represent them and bring ... Read full review


TWO s What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
THREE e The Big Unit

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Media Spectacle
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About the author (1998)

Daniel Petrocelli has been practicing law with the Los Angeles-based law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp for nearly twenty years. As a result of his work on the O.J. Simpson civil case and other high-profile cases, Mr. Petrocelli has gained national prominence as a trial lawyer, lecturer, and contributor to a wide array of legal commentary.  Mr. Petrocelli lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marian, and their two children, Rachel and Adam. Triumph of Justice is Mr. Petrocelli's first book.

Peter Knobler wrote the best-selling political memoir All's Fair with James Carville and Mary Matalin. He is coauthor, with former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, of Turnaround. Mr. Knobler has written best-selling autobiographies with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Texas Governor Ann Richards, Thomas "Hollywood"  Henderson, and Hakeem Olajuwon. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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