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Journey to justice

Author: Johnnie Cochran; Tim Rutten
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In Journey to Justice, Johnnie Cochran illuminates the odyssey that led him from a small, rented home shared with his extended family in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Judge Lance Ito's courtroom. In 1954, Brown vs. the Board of Education galvanized the young Cochran. Taking Thurgood Marshall as his role model, Cochran embarked on a legal career in which he won landmark decisions against official misconduct within the
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Trials, litigation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cochran, Johnnie L., 1937-2005.
Journey to justice.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
(OCoLC)605405100
Online version:
Cochran, Johnnie L., 1937-2005.
Journey to justice.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
(OCoLC)607718206
Named Person: Johnnie Cochran; O J Simpson; Johnnie Cochran; O J Simpson; Johnnie L Cochran; O J 1947- Simpson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johnnie Cochran; Tim Rutten
ISBN: 0345405838 9780345405838
OCLC Number: 35662454
Notes: "One World."
Description: x, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., with Tim Rutten.
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In Journey to Justice, Johnnie Cochran illuminates the odyssey that led him from a small, rented home shared with his extended family in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Judge Lance Ito's courtroom. In 1954, Brown vs. the Board of Education galvanized the young Cochran. Taking Thurgood Marshall as his role model, Cochran embarked on a legal career in which he won landmark decisions against official misconduct within the criminal justice system. From Leonard Deadwyler, a black motorist stopped for speeding to the hospital with his pregnant wife, then shot dead by the police; to Ron Settles, a black college football star whose death at the hands of police was made to look like suicide; to the record 9.4-million-dollar jury verdict he won for a thirteen-year-old Latina girl molested by a uniformed LAPD officer, Cochran fought to change police procedures responsible for some of the most blatant abuse committed by those sworn to "protect and serve."

It was the sobering experience of these earlier cases that fueled the inner turmoil of a man whose deeply felt sense of duty to the law and to his people compelled him to take a leading role in the case of People vs. Orenthal James Simpson, one of the greatest morality plays of our time - a play that has forever altered our perceptions of race relations in America. In Journey to Justice we learn about the man behind the sound bites, the zealous advocate for such diverse clients as Michael Jackson and Reginald Denny, the white truck driver attacked in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict. In Journey to Justice, Cochran reflects not only on how these events shaped his legal philosophy but also on the contexts within which these courtroom dramas were played out.

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