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Trials Without Truth: Why Our System of Criminal Trials Has Become an Expensive Failure and What We Need to Do to Rebuild It
Reginald Denny. O. J. Simpson. Colin Ferguson. Louise Woodward: all names that have cast a spotlight on the deficiencies of the American system of criminal justice. Yet, in the wake of each trial that exposes shocking behavior by trial participants or results in counterintuitive rulings often with perverse results the American public is reassured by the trial bar that the ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by New York University Press
(first published December 1st 1998)
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Mar 19, 2012 Sam Newton rated it liked it
Pizzi has one good point: we need to return our criminal justice system to a focus on finding the truth. We have become so locked up (literally) on procedure that we have forgotten that trials are about truth finding. However, his proposal of abandoning the adversarial system in favor of a Euro-centric inquisitorial model strikes me as also abandoning truth. He apparently isn't aware of the literature surrounding the European's system equal ability to over-convict and strong slant towards ...more