There are few names in the criminal defense arena that are more prominent than the name of Mark Geragos. At a young age, Geragos developed a strong interest for the law. While attending Loyola Law School, Geragos clerked for his father who, before opening his own firm, had worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. After graduating from Loyola Law, Geragos was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983 and joined his father’s law firm. Geragos gained trial experience early on in his career, working on the preliminary hearing floor, being appointed to all sorts of criminal cases. Things quickly changed when, in 1995, Geragos agreed as a favor for a friend, to visit with Susan McDougal. Little did Geragos know that this meeting would change his legal career forever.
Geragos has represented well-known celebrities and high-profile clients such as singer Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, rapper Nate Dogg, and many others. Mark’s clientele and courtroom skills have earned him great prominence within the legal community and he is often called upon to serve as a legal analyst for national media outlets. However, it was Mark’s compassion and genuine interest for the plight of the innocent that won Innocence Matters’ heart. On September 24, 2012, during one of Chris Brown’s appearances, Deirdre O’Connor and the rest of the Innocence Matters team were in the same courtroom anticipating John Smith’s exoneration. As Deirdre tells it:
I sat in the courtroom with the anonymity bestowed upon pro bono lawyers, waiting for the judge to take the bench when I heard Mark Geragos actually request that the clerk call the Chris Brown matter after John Smith’s case because Mark wanted to see what happened. I introduced myself and was immediately taken aback by Mark’s charm and effusive praise of our work. Of course, I knew of Mark Geragos and of his skill as a trial lawyer, but it wasn’t until that personal interaction that I began to appreciate Mark’s tremendous compassion.
Geragos co-authored an entertaining and thought-provoking book titled Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t. This book focuses on the criminal justice system from behind the curtain. Mistrial won the grand prize at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival, where his book was described as:
An insider’s guide to the criminal justice system from two of America’s top defense attorneys, the book offers a look at how the system operates and dishing the inside story of such prominent cases as the O.J. Simpson murder trial and Michael Jackson’s molestation case. The candid, no-holds-barred look at criminal justice will be an eye-opener for any citizen who wants to know what really goes on in a courtroom.sheds light on the misconception within society of ethical judges, unbiased jurors, and heroic prosecutors. This tell-all sheds light on the corruption and pit-falls of the criminal system that much of society firmly believes in. After reading the book, readers will be left with shocking revelations about the criminal justice system and its various players.
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