By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated February 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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We can’t get enough of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Storyand what’s the best medicine for any obsession? Binge-researching, of course! To speed up the process, Amazon has provided to EW the top Kindle highlights from Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, on which this season of American Crime Story is based. Check them out, below:

  • “In both the 1989 abuse incident and the murder case five years later, the police behavior suggested a fear of offending a celebrity.”
  • “An effective interrogation forces a suspect to repeat, in ever greater detail, his version of the facts.”
  • “The prosecution’s arrogance led it to disaster. The defense’s obsession with race led it to victory.”
  • “The prosecutors were undone by the twin afflictions most common among government lawyers: arrogance (mostly Marcia Clark’s) and ineptitude (largely Christopher Darden’s). Drunk on virtue, the prosecutors squandered what little chance they had for victory.”
  • “At its core, the Simpson case was a horrific yet routine domestic-violence homicide.”
  • “Like Shapiro, Faerstein was convinced early on of Simpson’s guilt in the murders.”
  • “Simpson scored a minus-24—total failure. The score was so catastrophic that some people around Simpson tried to attribute it to his distressed emotional state at the time of the examination. Bailey in particular tried to say that Simpson was so upset that the result should not be seen as dispositive. Nellany, however, regarded the polygraph as conclusive evidence of Simpson’s guilt in the murders, and he reported that view to Shapiro.”
  • “The Simpson case, in contrast, probably featured more DNA evidence than any criminal trial in American history.”
  • “The Simpson case blurred the lines between the good guys and the bad in a way that Clark had never before encountered.”
  • “But in responding to the entreaties of their client—and to the needs of their own vanity—the defense lawyers forgot something very important: that their client was guilty. And so to the extent that it concerned the events of June 12, 1994—as opposed to the police investigation of those events—the evidence the defense presented made Simpson look more guilty, not less. And yet, incredibly, the prosecution’s arrogance and clumsiness during the course of the defense case managed even here to trump the folly of O.J. Simpson’s lawyers.”

Episode Recaps

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

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  • TV Show
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  • 1
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  • TV-MA
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  • In Season
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  • FX

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