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Spinning The Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion Spinning The Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion

by Kendall Coffey

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"You'll never again watch a courtroom drama the same way after reading this book. This is a fascinating look at some of the most high-profile cases of our time through the eyes of a man who took part in many of them. Kendall Coffey provides a stellar look at why lawyers concentrate on not only what's going on in the courtroom but also what's being fed to the court of public opinion.

Fans of courtroom drama and law students alike: here is your teacher."
-- Robin Meade, bestselling author and anchor of Morning Express with Robin Meade on HLN

"If your profession requires you to convince ANYONE of ANYTHING, this book is a must read. Kendall Coffey, master of persuasion, takes us through the backstage plays of strategic puppeteering that all high-press cases engage in, and had better engage in, if they know what's good for them."
-- Judge Marilyn Milian, The People's Court

"Most books and analysis by pundits lack the perspective of someone who has been through the eye of the hurricane. Coffey's book may be the first in a while that truly is written from the experience of having lived it and lived through it. If you want to know the truth about how big cases are really won or lost, this is a must read. This intriguing book exposes how the media is artfully used as a critical tool in the dynamic realm of American law and justice."
-- Mark Geragos, trial lawyer

"Spinning the Law provides an unprecedented and comprehensive account of the unique role of today's lawyer litigating in the court of public opinion. Coffey's examination of the highest-profile cases in recent years teaches all of us-whether experienced lawyer or average citizen-sobering and fascinating lessons about the contemporary, multidimensional life of the law. This book is a rare (and perhaps the solitary) combination of autobiography, gripping journalism, legal analysis, and a how-to manual that will fascinate those who live to litigate such cases as well as the many who simply cannot look away when courtroom drama spills into popular consciousness."
-- Nathaniel Persily, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science, Columbia Law School, and coeditor of Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy