LOS ANGELES — Mark Geragos commands attention. Whether it is in front of TV cameras or St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club in Watertown, he is able to connect with people. It is almost enough to make one feel sorry for his opponents in court, in front of juries.
Geragos, who heads Geragos & Geragos, a large law firm in Los Angeles, has just released a book, Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … and Sometimes Doesn’t, with his law partner Pat Harris.
In the book, which is written in such a way that lay people would understand, through anecdotes, Geragos makes suggestions for changes to the US legal system. Some of his suggestions are appointing judges, rather than electing them, and allowing them a bigger role in plea bargaining.
Another suggestion is to change the sentencing for non-violent drug offenders serving sentences that often surpass those of people convicted of second-degree murder or sexual assault. He and Harris suggest that Congress needs to address the issue of alternative sentencing for drug addicts, as well as the mentally ill.