In the capacity of a trial consultant, Richard Gabriel did what he could to avert disaster for three individuals who were accused of cold-blooded murder. We’ll begin with the first one on the list: Casey Anthony.
She was labeled as a cruel mother who had killed her two year old daughter and not batted a single eyelid at the heinous crime. The nation hated Casey Anthony with a level of intensity hitherto unseen.
The fact that the tabloids had gone into overdrive may have worked in her favor but the fact was it didn’t. Gabriel could see that there was a seething and burning rage against Anthony who was seen as the devil’s minion.
He therefore managed to set up a mock jury on television to drum up support for Anthony. The scarcity of DNA samples in the forensics department led to a weakening of the case against Anthony.
The venue of the trial was her home town of Orlando and so she automatically got the home turf advantage. She was given four years in jail instead of a death sentence to the shock and horror of the nation.
“I have never run across a stronger or more palpable anger than I encountered in this case,” Gabriel writes. “There is frustration anger and there is betrayal anger. This was an anger born of deep hurt. It was personal.”
Something similar took place with regard to OJ Simpson. He was charged with killing Nicole Brown. Many in the jury didn’t believe he was guilty. And they bore grudges against the police for its rough treatment.
Thus finally when the real jury members were to be selected it was ensured that people from lower income groups were represented. As for the women among the jury members who saw him as guilty, they were conservative and from a higher economic class thus they were said to be prejudiced.
Furthermore, the African Americans in the jury believed that the law was biased with regard to blacks like OJ. So he too was given a sentence instead of capital punishment.