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Hey Jarhead, what's your opinion of Vincent Bugliosi?
« on: January 19, 2020, 07:45:59 PM »
I've read a couple of his books (And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage) and just started Reclaiming History, about the Kennedy assassination.  I've enjoyed the books of his I've read, and he seems pretty competent as a lawyer (from his books).

I'm curious your thoughts as someone in the field (and others' opinions, of course).
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Re: Hey Jarhead, what's your opinion of Vincent Bugliosi?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 03:55:33 AM »
Iím afraid I donít know much about him, other than the fact that he was the prosecutor who tried Charles Manson for the Tate murders. I would say that he was probably a very good trial attorney as his record of convictions/guilty verdicts while he was with the LA district attorneys office is close to 100% and he got Manson for murder on circumstantial evidence, so that was a great accomplishment from a legal perspective.

That being said, I havenít read any of his books. Do you recommend them?
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Re: Hey Jarhead, what's your opinion of Vincent Bugliosi?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 11:39:32 AM »
I really enjoyed the two I read so far.  I'm not sure if reading a book where a lawyer explains how and why he would prosecute a case would be interesting to you, though.  Since all of that is unfamiliar to me I find it fascinating.

Outrage was really good.  I think I read it two or three times, and I'm probably about due for a re-read later this year.

I downloaded Helter Skelter to my Kindle for my upcoming trip.  I'll be sure to post impressions after I read it.
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Re: Hey Jarhead, what's your opinion of Vincent Bugliosi?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 12:34:12 PM »
I'm always interested in reading about trials since there is always something new to learn from skilled practitioners. Although a significant portion of my practice is focused on litigation, very few of my cases ever go to trial...as a result, every time I do have a trial, I really have to dust off the books, clean off the cobwebs and focus. I also get nervous since its not something I do a lot of. I actually have one scheduled for next Friday. Its a ridiculous dog custody case that has been going on for over 4 years. Interesting issues of law, but stupid that people have been fighting over a dog for so long. The dumb mutt is almost 13.

If you're interested in legal books and film, I highly recommend two films/books in particular. One, with Jimmy Stewart and George C. Scott call Anatomy of a Murder. Stewart's advocacy in the trial sequences is really something for the record books. Also, Paul Newman in the Verdict. Another film that gets a lot of aspects of trial lawyering right. The witness and evidentiary issues, the stresses and frustrations of things going wrong, its really palpable. Newman lays it all on the line in the courtroom. just simply great stuff.
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Re: Hey Jarhead, what's your opinion of Vincent Bugliosi?
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2020, 04:02:22 PM »
Totally out of curiousity,  what is your feeling about Scott Turow and his novels?
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