Justice in America

How the Media and Prosecutors Stack the Deck Against the Accused

Non-Fiction - True Crime
256 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2014
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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Casey Anthony. Those two words alone have the power to ignite a firestorm of vitriol either in favor of her guilt or innocence. Defense attorney Cheney Mason argues that those extreme reactions — particularly in favor of Anthony’s guilt — are thanks to media bias. In Justice In America, Mason attempts to persuade the vast majority of the American public that they have it wrong and that the jury, in fact, got it right. Of course the reader might wonder why there is a need for this book if the jury actually did get it right. In that vein, Mason attempts to go through some of the reasons he believes the media (and the cops) attempted to deny justice to his client.

It is no secret to nearly anyone in America that the concept of justice is somewhat subjective, depending on a variety of factors including race and socio-economic status. However in Justice In America, Cheney Mason attempts to make us believe the unbelievable. Ms. Anthony was not the first imprisoned person to have her calls monitored and the fact that she did not report her daughter missing for a month does raise red flags. It is this fact, more than anything else, that the author fails to address that renders many of his arguments against law enforcement and the media irrelevant. Despite his attempts to rewrite history, I found Justice In America worth reading. There is something to be said about an attorney who got his client “off” yet is still arguing the case.

I agree with Mason’s assessment of the media to a certain extent, but obviously it had almost no impact on the jurors in the Casey Anthony case as she is currently a free woman. However, I think this book could have been much better had it not be so one-sided, since many true crime enthusiasts know that a defendant confessing guilt to his or her attorney makes the attorney's job tremendously harder.