Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Man Who Got OJ, Casey Anthony and Phil Spector Off

By Larry Getlen

There was shock across the country in 2011 when 25-year-old Orlando mom Casey Anthony was found not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

But there was one person who saw it coming.

Richard Gabriel is one of the country’s top trial consultants, working with defendants in high-profile cases to help steer the trial toward acquittal.

Having worked on more than a thousand trials, including those of Anthony, O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector, his expertise comes in helping defense teams learn which factors will most strongly influence jurors, and this begins with the all-important jury selection.

In his new book,Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today's Most Infamous Verdicts,” Gabriel shows how he picked the juries that would say “not guilty.”

To prepare for jury selection in the murder case against Simpson, Gabriel and his team conducted a slew of research, including polls and mock trials.

What they learned was essential for Simpson’s defense, including that many in the potential jury pool wanted Simpson to be not guilty, that many doubted he had time to commit the murders, that only those under 35 placed faith in DNA evidence, and that many in the potential jury pool had “been treated poorly by the police.”
As a result of this last finding, the defense filed a motion to ensure that, when jury notices were mailed out, “lower socioeconomic areas were fairly represented,” as they sought jurors for whom “claims of police profiling and evidence planting were not desperate attempts of a defendant trying to escape conviction,” but rather, “a reality of living with the Los Angeles Police Department.”

They also uncovered some surprising findings on the attitudes of women.

Read the rest here.

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