Journey to Justice by Johnnie CochranIn 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 Itos 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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Cochran Jr. While the photograph of Cochran is vivid, the narrative of his life is not. That career includes representing, among others, Geronimo Pratt, a leader of the Black Panthers whom Cochran was unable to save from a murder conviction that was probably unjust; scores of persons wrongly injured at the hands of the LAPD; the mega-entertainer Michael Jackson when he was accused of child molestation; and, of course, O. He pictures them as wise, supportive, patient care-givers who are largely responsible for the success he has attained. The problem is that his praise is so uniform that, after a while, it undoes itself.
Famous O. Simpson defense attorney Cochran finally delivers his memoir, which traces his odyssey from a small, rented home in Louisiana to Judge Ito's courtroom. Journey to Justice. Johnnie L. Cochran , Tim Rutten. 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.
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He's become a household name: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. But behind the man the media created is a story of a life spent in the trenches of the American legal system, fighting not for clients as high-profile as O. Simpson, but for individuals whose voices are too often silenced. It will forever change our understanding of what works and what doesn't in America's most noble and troubling institution.