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School of Law Criminal Law Society Hosts Author Pat Harris
Pat Harris, a leading criminal defense attorney and author, will discuss his book, MISTRIAL: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't Monday, coauthored with Mark Geragos, Mar. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom, School of Law, Malibu.
In an age of televised procedurals, crime shows, and sensationalized news stories, the public is exposed to more of criminal justice system than ever before.
In Mistrial, Harris and Geragos argue that the media shows the public only a small, distorted sample of what really happens in our courtrooms, and the more the public thinks it knows, the less informed it really is.
Mistrial debunks the myth of impartial American justice and draws the curtain on its ugly realities—from stealth jurors who secretly swing for a conviction to cops who regularly lie on the witness stand to defense attorneys terrified of going to trial. Ultimately, the authors question whether a justice system model drawn up two centuries before blogs, television, and O.J. Simpson 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, and Mistrial's behind-the-scenes peek at their most fascinating cases will enthrall legal eagles and armchair litigators alike—as it blows the lid on what really happens in a courtroom.
Harris is a leading criminal defense attorney and a partner at Geragos & Geragos. He is the coauthor of Susan McDougal's New York Times bestselling memoir, The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk. He and his wife reside in Los Angeles, California.
For more information, contact Kevin Stephens.