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Justice In America
BY CHENEY MASON
Well I finished Cheney Mason's new book -- and I can honestly say its great!. Should be of tremendous interest to anybody into true crime stories or criminal law. And, of course, if you are interested in the Casey Anthony case, the rights of the accused, the way in which prosecutors lie, cheat, manipulate the media, corrupt jury pools and crime scenes, then this book is definitely for you! Needless to say Mason goes over much of the same material that Baez and Golenbock cover in their book. I don't think he is quite the writer Peter Golenbock is, but his skills are up to the task. Those who claim this book is nothing but a mere repeat of Baez's Presumed Guilty must have been skimming. Eavesdropping judges, lies, media leaks, character assassinations, Discovery violations, threats and intimidation tactics. You have to ask yourself whether Ashton would have been elected State's Attorney had this book been released during his campaign. As Jose Baez has stated, the investigation was never a search for the truth: it was all about pinning the crime on the public's chosen scapegoat. For Ashton and Burdick it was also about winning. Ashton had hoped he would go out with a bang, but went out with a loud thud instead. The book is filled with documents that authenticate the author's claims. All considered, Justice In America is extremely credible, its account of events plausible. Only in a couple instances did I think Mason might have given a more balanced account. What we have here is his interpretation, the interpretation that won in court. Sadly, it is an uphill battle convincing people that the winning interpretation of the evidence is really the true interpretation of the evidence. However, once the open-minded reader has been informed about the media distortions, the case suddenly becomes plausible. Plod ahead, even against your will, and you might just find yourself concluding that the jury got it right.