Lasting 21 months during 1987-88, the Lucchese trial became the longest in U.S. criminal history. It has continued to stand out over the years as an epic moment in courtroom history: 20 defendants, 20 defense attorneys (one for each defendant), eight jury alternates (due to the anticipated length of the trial and the fear of bribery), and unusually extensive summations (one defense lawyer's closing statement ran for five days). In fact, most of the courtroom testimony in the movie is drawn from actual trial transcripts.
Matching outrageous humor with genuine tragedy, Jackie's desperate personal journey culminates in one of the most shocking verdicts in American judicial history, so shocking that the lawyers involved in the case are still arguing about it 20 years later.blog comments powered by Disqus
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