The Prosecutors by Gary Delsohn
A Year in the Life of a District Attorney's Office

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Depicting American justice at its best and worst, The Prosecutors lifts the lid off today's legal system with details that are more shocking and graphic than any television show or bestselling novel.

Allowed unprecedented access to spend a year inside an urban prosecutors' office, Gary Delsohn provides a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at how America's increasingly overburdened judicial system really functions. Seen through the eyes of the main characters in this true-life drama-John O'Mara, a tough, jaded homicide chief and Jan Scully, an accomplished former sex-crimes prosecutor who is now the D.A.-The Prosecutors shows us these dedicated public servants at work. The cases they encounter within this one year are as shocking as they are indelible:

* A simple robbery in Sacramento, California, goes bad and shatters a family forever.
* A serial killer is caught only after a nationwide manhunt.
* A well-respected doctor is accused of murdering his own daughter.
* A twenty-five-year-old cold case involving Patty Hearst and the SLA explodes and brings incredible pressure and scrutiny to the D.A.'s office.
* The son of a high-ranking California state prosecutor faces a possible death penalty for kidnap, rape,and murder.

The Prosecutors chronicles the real-life legal dramas that are waged daily in our courtrooms. It is a book that enlightens, educates, entertains, and even infuriates at times with the miscarriages of justice, but, ultimately, shows in stark detail the intricacies that make our legal system work.
 

About Gary Delsohn

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Gary Delsohn is a senior writer for "The Sacramento Bee," A recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, he is a past Knight Fellow at Stanford University. His work has been featured in Salon.com, the "Denver Post," and the "Denver Rocky Mountain News," This is his first book.
 
Published August 11, 2003 by Dutton Adult. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The writer admirably captures the delicate relationships that form during long, overwhelming trials among the government attorneys, homicide survivors, and unpredictable judges and juries, as well as the murky, methamphetamine-ridden environments from which so much contemporary violence springs.

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In 2001, Sacramento Bee reporter Delsohn spent a year trailing after assistant district attorneys as they prosecuted some of the 13,000 felonies that occur in that city in any given year.

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