I’ve always thought highly of Vincent Bugliosi, the former L.A. County prosecutor who put Charlie Manson on death row, and the author of several riveting true crime books, including “Helter Skelter” which was about the Manson case, and “Outrage,” in which he picked apart the flawed prosecution in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
I remember reading “Outrage” and after each page, becoming angrier and angrier over the sheer ineptitude of the prosecutors in that case. Bugilosi is a highly respected legal mind and a sharp writer.
So, when I heard he was speaking at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena Thursday night to promote his new book, “The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder,” I had mixed feelings. Could he be for real? His reputation, and hearing him speak, gave me the answer. He’s dead serious.
Bugliosi spoke with passion and conviction to a standing-room only crowd at Vroman’s on Colorado Boulevard. Bugliosi is true to his word. He spoke clearly about how in his view George W. Bush misled the Congress and the American people into war in Iraq. He believes that such conduct is not only reprehnsible but criminal.
Whether any attorney general of any of the 50 states, or any county district attorney, would prosecute George W. Bush after he leaves office for war crimes is the $64,000 question (or considering the price tag of the Iraq war, it should be the $564 billion question).
One thing is certain. Bugliosi is not a nut and he’s not gone whacko. He’s still the same respected, legal mind that put Manson and almost every murder defendant he prosecuted behind bars.
It’s too bad that very few media outlets will have him on their talk shows to discuss his new book. He said it is the first time he has been virtually shut out of all major media outlets from promoting a book of his. He said the media are scared of upsetting the right wing. Yet, despite the media blackout, it has jumped to 9th on the New York Times Bestseller list.
His point: America is no longer exercising its two main principles: 1. No one is above the law. and 2. We have freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
The book was published by Vanguard Press in May, 2008.