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The Run of His Life
The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson | Jeffrey Toobin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The inspiration forAmerican Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpsonon FX, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Connie Britton The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobins nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of the trial of the century. Rich in character, as propulsive as a legal thriller, this enduring narrative continues to shock and fascinate with its candid depiction of the human drama that upended American life. Praise for The Run of His Life This is the book to read.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times This book stands out as a gripping and colorful account of the crime and trial that captured the worlds attention.Boston Sunday Globe A real page-turner . . . strips away the months of circuslike televised proceedings and the sordid tell-all books and lays out a simple, but devastating, synopsis of the case.Entertainment Weekly A well-written, profoundly rational analysis of the trial and, more specifically, the lawyers who conducted it.USA Today Engrossing . . . Toobins insight into the motives and mind-set of key players sets this Simpson book apart from the pack.People (one of the top ten books of the year)From the Hardcover edition.
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CareBear
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I am so fascinated by this trial and how a “not guilty” verdict was reached and what that says about how jurors make decisions. Really enjoyed this one.

Second finish for #24in48

MissAimz_55 The oj Simpson always interests me. It‘s crazy (edited) 4d
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Allisontester
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Stunning read

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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! :) 11mo
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kelseynicburke
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Shoutout to Ed‘s Books and More on Charlotte St. in Sydney (Nova Scotia), who is always giving out the best deals. Got these 14 books for $30 🙌 #themanisasaint #notallheroeswearcapes #celebrateyourlocalEd

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GripLitGrl
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#marchMadness #OnTheRunEscaped @josteele
Thought this was a fitting book for today's prompt. I haven't read this one but thought the FX show the book was based on was excellent.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I remember this like it was yesterday! I was pregnant with my first daughter and watched the trial everyday!!! 2y
GripLitGrl @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes I'll never forget it either. I was hooked on the trial since the infamous Bronco chase. First time i remember everything on tv being interrupted for a breaking news story. 2y
somebooksaround Yes! The show was really good! What a storm of a case. Thanks for sharing🙌🙌 2y
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allisoncalifornia
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This was an amazing balance of detailed while still being quickly paced, and it was super interesting.

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aschermetz
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This book is so good! I was obsessed with the OJ trial; it piqued my interest in the law & made me think I wanted to be a lawyer. Spoiler alert: I didn't end up going to law school, but I did major in legal studies in college. The narrator takes a bit getting used to as he has kind of an odd voice, but there are so many details surrounding the crimes, investigation, and the trial, it's so interesting. If you like True Crime, give this one a shot.

CareBear Have you read 2y
aschermetz @CareBear I haven't!! Adding to my list!! 2y
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GinEyre22
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Catching up on #anditsaugust : Day 20, Running and jumping

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Busy weekend, but determined to get some reading time in as well! #24in48 #24in48readathon #coyer #currentlyreading

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Clevercactus
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If you liked the F/X series, you will love this book on which it was based. Excellent read. Cogent legal analysis. A+

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Petrocelli' exhaustive preparation, combined with his crisp competence in the courtroom, made Darden and Clark look much diminished by comparison.

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Also, because Simpson had been acquitted of the murders, he no longer had a Fifth Amendment privilege to refuse to testify about them. Petrocelli this could take Simpson's deposition before the trial and call him to testify in front of the civil jury.

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In October of 1995, one of the Marciano brothers, who owns the Guess clothing company, called his lawyer Daniel Petrocelli and asked for permission to recommend him to Fred Goldman.

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Assessing the "meaning" of the Simpson case became, and remains, a cottage industry.

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O.J. Slipped the gloves off in a flash, which would not have been possible if they were really too tight.

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At all times, Simpson kept his thumb bent outward at a right angle to his wrist. That, too, made it impossible for the gloves to fit properly.

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Clevercactus

For the blood on the socks found in Simpson's bedroom, the odds were 1 in 6.8 billion that they came from anyone other than Nicole Brown Simpson. (There are about 5 billion people on earth.)

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Clevercactus

There was only a 1 in 57 billion chance that the blood belonged to someone other than O.J. Simpson- who, of course, had a cut on his left hand on the morning after the murders.

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Clevercactus

On the night of the murders, the jury learned, Kaelin spent from 7:45 to 8:30 pm in O.J.'s Jacuzzi--a marination of almost superhuman duration.

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Clevercactus

Seen in retrospect --indeed, even in light of what Clark knew at the time--her examination of Fuhrman stands as her biggest miscalculation of the trial. The critical set piece in the Simpson trial-the testimony of Mark Fuhrman-represented another illustration, in microcosm, of why the trial ended the way it did.

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Clevercactus

Through all these allegations-indeed, through the entire trial and beyond-not a shred of evidence ever surfaced linking any individual except O.J. Simpson to the crime.

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Everything Darden said was probably true, but his opening could also be interpreted as a great edifice of rhetoric built on a foundation of little evidence.

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Nature has favored Bailey with a glorious voice, which summons a stream of Dewar's tumbling down a pebbly brook.

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But unlike many of his colleagues, Ito had a reputation as a judge who could be reasoned with, one who would at least listen to the arguments of defense lawyers. Cochran and Shapiro knew him well. During his own stint in the D.A.'s office, Cochran supervised Ito.

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Clevercactus

One of the enduring fictions of the Simpson case was the notion of the defendant himself as "involved " in his defense. . . Simpson's attorneys manufactured this idea primarily as a gift to their client and as a way of remaining in his good graces.

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Shapiro had the reputation for trying to delay cases into oblivion and then, when the heat had died down, striking a plea bargain.

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"In his years of dealing with celebrity clients, Shapiro had learned the value of deference."

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Curiously for a man who had been told only that his ex-wife had been killed, not necessarily murdered, Simpson had telephoned from his hotel room in Chicago to arrange for a criminal defense attorney to meet him upon his return home. That was Howard Weitzman, who had represented him so successfully in his abuse case.

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Clevercactus

On May 24, 1989 he received a suspended sentence, 24 months of probation, and fines totaling $470. He was ordered to "perform 120 hours of community service through the Voluntary Action Bureau" and to receive counsel twice a week. . . Finally, Simpson was directed to pay $500 as "restitution" to the Sojourn Counseling Center, a battered women's shelter in Santa Monica.

Clevercactus "(This was the same center that Nicole would call on June 7, 1994, five days before her death, to complain that O.J. was stalking her.)" 3y
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Both O.J. and Nicole had acknowledged that the police had come to the house eight times to stop O.J. From hurting Nicole, but at first Farrell couldn't find a single cop who admitted to going to Rockingham.

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Returning to Nicole, Edwards asked what had prompted her husband's attack. She said she complained because there were two other women staying in their home, and O.J. had sex with one of them earlier in the day.

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Simpson was incredulous. "You've been out here eight times before and now you're going to arrest me for this? This is a family matter. This is a family matter."

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"Edwards shined his flashlight on Nicole's face. Her lip was cut and bleeding. Her left eye was black and blue. Her forehead was bruised, and on her neck - unmistakably- was the imprint of a human hand. As Nicole calmed down, Edwards learned that O.J. Simpson. Had slapped her, hit her with his fist, and pulled her by the hair.

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"Ironically, in light of how his trial would unfold, Simpson always had a special fondness for police officers, and over the years many of them came by the house on Rockingham to use the pool or shoot the breeze. The cops turned out to be valuable friends, especially when it came to the events of January 1, 1989."

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GinEyre22
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#riotgrams Day 7: My local library
Lake Hiawatha represent!

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Wannabe_Quijote
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TV based on books. This one is pretty good so far. #Sancho doesn't really care either way.

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GinEyre22
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#riotgrams Day 6: currently reading

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GinEyre22
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#riotgrams Day 2: #whereiread I read all over the house, but I do like this spot in my office the most...

DebinHawaii I love how cozy it looks! 📚👍💜 3y
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GinEyre22
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Wat. Gene Roddenberry was a cop before he wrote Star Trek?

Megabooks He was also a pilot who crashed in Syria and led the passengers to safety. 3y
GinEyre22 @Ebooksandcooks: I didn't know that either. Mind blown! 3y
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GinEyre22
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The current state of my To Read pile 📖

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jessicaesquire
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It is really hard to find this kind of book: a detailed analysis of a criminal trial, specifically The People vs. OJ Simpson. If you loved HELTER SKELTER, this will hit some of the same buttons. Toobin is often totally out of journalistic mode and seems to have problems putting aside his strong dislike of basically everyone. But I still couldn't stop.

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rebeccapfenning
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Sometimes you want to watch your books

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MelissaReadsBooks
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🐶 + 📖 = ❤️❤️

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LornaDH
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OK, so this was the first case I followed as a teenager. Interesting to go back. Even though I read other books in the midst of this, huge hangover from this one!

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SFPublicLibrary
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Did you watch American Crime Story? Delve deeper and read this book.

BooksPieAndCoffee Yes! I was absolutely enthralled with that show! I watched the whole series twice! Amazing acting by the entire cast! 👌🏾 3y
ApoptyGina69 Loved the series. Even though I lived through all that, I didn't remember a lot of the details. Looking forward to the book. 3y
bookandcat The series was so great. Now I'm curious about the book. 3y
KTOHARA The OJ book, "The Run of His Life", what is the copyright year on it? I seem to recall reading that a long time ago. (edited) 1y
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Downtonabbeyroad394
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QueenAnne Can I just say.. Love your Litsy name 😍 3y
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brendanmleonard
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I try not to post non-book stuff, but guys, this show is so good. It uses many of the same techniques as great journalism, it's like a big fat book where you're constantly learning things, and Walter Mosely tells great stories/kicks ass in it. Totally bingeable. True crime Litsyerians will dig it!

Well-ReadNeck Heard a Fresh Air interview about this and was completely fascinated. So much more info than I remember at the time. 4y
Sweettartlaura I didn't think there was anything left to learn here. I was wrong. Worth every minute. 4y
TheNextBook This image is amazing. I just finished the entire series and I thought it was amazing. I was you in Los Angeles when all this was going on. Looking at it as an adult known and watching this with all of its honesty, was truly amazing. 4y
Victoria_C Agree. Excellent show b 4y
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Kat.Kao
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Engaging & comprehensive exploration of the murders, the criminal case, & the civil case. I was 10-12 during all the OJ Simpson stuff, so it was fascinating to read about something I had been dimly aware of at the time.

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Kat.Kao
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Reading outside at our campsite yesterday

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LornaDH

This was the first case I actually followed, the summer I was 13. So many thoughts. The book is transporting and I'm hooked again. Always felt weird about people's fascination with true crime, though. Of course, this case and others goes beyond the event itself.

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brendanmleonard
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*packing up to go home*
*sees that all 5 parts of the new OJ documentary are online.*
*looks at TBR stack*
*thinks about TBR stack at home*
*The struggle is so real...* (these are all excellent OJ books if you like true crime.)

BookishFeminist The People v. OJ is great! Toobin is an A+ law writer 👍🏼 4y
Victoria_C I just watched part one. Very good. Think I will skip book reading tonight. 4y
jmkeene The podcast Crime Writers On does a great job dissecting the recent doc; they're discussing this one next. 4y
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