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Suspicion nation : the inside story of the Trayvon Martin injustice and why we continue to repeat it
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318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword / Jeffrey Toobin -- Introduction: The sixth juror -- PART ONE: A winnable case is lost -- 1. The people demand an arrest -- 2. The state misses its best evidence -- 3. Too squeamish to talk about race -- 4. Bungling the science -- 5. The state's star witness, Rachel Jeantel, is neutralized -- 6. Mishandling the 911 call -- 7. Closing arguments: a disaster for the prosecution -- 8. It's not over -- PART TWO: Fear and lawlessness in suspicion nation -- 9. "Everyone's a little bit racist" -- 10. One nation, overgunned -- 11. Bring it on, make my day, stand your ground -- Conclusion: Aligning our actions with our core values -- Notes.
The award-winning journalist who covered the trial discusses the laws, culture and conditions that exist in modern America that allowed George Zimmerman to be fully acquitted after killing an unarmed, black teenager in his gated Florida community.


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What went wrong behind the scenes in the Trayvon Martin case? Why does America endure so many tragic shootings like this one? These are the questions at the heart of Suspicion Nation .

Bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom covered the murder trial and was appalled by what she witnessed. Bloom now exposes the injustice, conducting new in-depth interviews with key trial participants and digging deeper into the evidence. Suspicion Nation outlines the six biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this "winnable case," and the laws and biases that created the conditions for this tragedy.

The only nonwhite juror tells her story of painful isolation in the jury room. Rachel Jeantel, the state's star witness, reveals how poorly the state prepared her to testify and what went through her mind on the stand. The medical examiner reveals scientific evidence he wasn't allowed to present. And a new examination of Trayvon's school suspensions raises questions about racial profiling, all in a country divided over issues of race, gun laws, and violence.

Suspicion Nation is a riveting courtroom drama that shines a bright light on a case we only thought we knew.

Author Notes

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and is currently the legal analyst for the Today Show and NBC News. A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa regularly appears on CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. Bloom is also the author of the bestselling Swagger and Think . She has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America , and many other shows. She has written numerous articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post , the National Law Journal,, the Daily Beast , and many more. She has also been profiled, featured, and quoted in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, California Lawyer, Vegetarian Times, and Variety. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Attorney and high-profile television legal analyst Bloom brings passion and poise to the audio edition of her new title, which deconstructs the racial tensions surrounding the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. As an accomplished courtroom correspondent, she is particularly adept in voicing the elements of her narrative directly tied to the trial. Her delivery of the first-person experiences of the jury's lone minority member-a Hispanic woman identified only by her first name of Maddy-is a convincing and chilling presentation of how race affects the justice system. When she tackles the expository public policy sections of the text, the narration is not always quite as spellbinding, but Bloom manages to keep the proceedings moving effectively. A Counterpoint hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Jeffrey Toobin
Forewordp. 1
Introduction: The Sixth Jurorp. 5
Part 1 A Winnable Case is Lost
1 The People Demand an Arrestp. 35
2 The State Misses Its Best Evidencep. 49
3 Too Squeamish to Talk About Racep. 73
4 Bungling the Sciencep. 93
5 The State's Star Witness, Rachel Jeantel, Is Neutralizedp. 123
6 Mishandling the 911 Callp. 151
7 Closing Arguments: A Disaster for the Prosecutionp. 157
8 It's Not Overp. 175
Part 2 Fear and Lawlessness In Suspicion Nation
9 "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist"p. 193
10 One Nation, Overgunnedp. 265
11 Bring It On, Make My Day, Stand Your Groundp. 279
Conclusion: Aligning Our Actions with Our CoreValuesp. 293
Notesp. 299