Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

I got out of the house, to the Outlet Center and nearby, in an effort to get awake. I think I am more awake now, here in Broadway Bagel Cafe, sipping my cappuccino and eating my toasted bagel. They do make great bagels.

I brought my current junk reading with me: In Contempt, by Christopher Darden with Jess Walter. It's an autobiographical account of Darden's experience at the O.J. Simpson trial. I have formed the opinion that Darden is not a great writer, even with help, but there are interesting tidbits worthy of some discussion. One of those is the current state of the art of forensics, how it is practiced in most big cities. I suspect that because we watch a lot of forensic stories on television (at least I do!) we can get the impression that every case is thoroughly researched in the same way. Of course it isn't. And the Simpson case is a big example of poor policework, in my opinion. Actually rather shocking, how bad the collection of evidence was.

So here I sit, and I thought, why not look up Darden on the web? Turns out he's churning out legal thrillers now, and teaching at a law school.

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