#1 Criminal Attorney in the USA and now has his own show on CNN nightly called "Making the Case" MARK GERAGOS will be making a trip to Fresno as Keynote speaker for the Fresno County Bar Association March 21, 2014 annual luncheon.
Vanessa Kachadurian recommends reserve your tickets by calling the Bar Association as this will be an action packed lunch with book signing. There is MCLE credit for those that are members of the Bar (I am not-although most my friends are attorneys and judges)
"Mistrial is three books in one: a memoir of celebrity lawyers, a primer on how to handle high-profile cases and a diagnosis of the ills of the criminal-justice system.... A win: engaging, enlightening and entertaining.”
—David Lat, The Wall Street Journal
"Mistrial is the story of extraordinary careers as the go-to lawyers for the celebrated (or notorious, or both) defendant. Don't miss it!" —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, legal affairs writer for The New Yorker, and senior legal analyst for CNN
“[Mark Geragos] is one of those rare lawyers recognizable everywhere.”
—Los Angeles Times
“[Geragos] is arguably the hottest defense lawyer of the moment.”
—Los Angeles Daily Journal
Mistrial is part dissection of a criminal justice system riddled with issues, and part insider tale about the many well-known clients and cases the authors have had - Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, etc.
Personally I agree with the general premise that the justice system overall is lurching towards the prosecution, at least for more serious crimes. The media seems to feed a public that salivates voraciously for vengeance, as though it frees the viewing individuals of any responsibility or blame for their own personal failings.
The book is written in an accessible and anecdotal style that cuts straight to the meat of the topic and pulls no punches when the authors have an opinion on something - Nancy Grace takes a riotous shellacking for example - but also has some substantive thoughts about how to fix problems.
All in all an insightful and fun read for anyone that's interested in celebrity court cases, criminal law or the justice system more generally