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Anatomy of a Trial

  • California Justice Armand Arabian Law & Award
  • Council for Wisconsin Writers Honorable Mention Book

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Jerrianne Hayslett


Jerrianne Hayslett has worked as a journalist, trial court director of public information and media liaison, media-relations consultant and writer. The surprise that became Jerrianne debuted in Richmond, Virginia. After living in various places in the U.S.—including a couple of decades in Southern California—and abroad, she settled in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area where she was surprised to find Wisconsin ancestral roots and now focuses on young-adult writing projects and creating picture books for the younger set.

Ongoing Work

Jerrianne is involved in a number of organizations and activities related to her experience and interests, which include: writing a historical fiction novel for young adults, writing and revising multiple picture book manuscripts, maintaining her three blogs, chairing the AAWU-Milwaukee Branch Scholarship Committee, serving on the Council of Wisconsin Writers board of directors, and volunteering with the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and at an elementary school where she works with reluctant and below-grade level readers. She is available to speak to civic organizations, professional meetings, and school and other groups.


Terrific review of Anatomy on It begins:

"Anatomy of a Trial" emerged well after the gush of books that poured out of the O. J. Simpson murder case. But thanks to the author's sharp perceptions and daily access to presiding judge Lance Ito as the court's media liaison, the book is loaded with behind-the-scenes detail and quotes not found in any of its predecessors. ... "

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Interview with WEHC-FM “This Conversation” host Teresa Keller is archived at


Soon after the Simpson case was assigned to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito, I began to write a daily haiku about an event or issue related to that day. I started posting those haiku, sometimes with an explanation or a commentary, on my blog, trying to post a haiku twenty years to the day after I wrote it. Here are recent entries:

“Anatomy of a Trial” a Bargain $10.99!

Toobin’s Simpson Account No Examplar for Accuracy

On Your Mark, Get Ready, Wrong!

Lange Exemplifies Cops’ Incompetence?

Beyond Larry King’s Freudian Slip

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Loser

Few Surprises in ESPN Simpson Documentary

Where Have You Been, Gil Garcetti?

Petrocelli a “Hollywood Lawyer”?

DA Criticizes Clark, But Gave Her Bonus

“Anatomy” Should Be on This List


Sorry, FX, Disbelief Is Not Suspended

Remembering What Didn’t Happen?

‘Facts’ Wanting in ‘Crime Story’

Everybody’s Gotta Say Something

Kris Jenner’s 9-27 OJS Trial Photo Finish

The Tapes that Sank Fuhrman

Joe Bosco Needn't Have Worried

Fallen Reporter Brings Warring Factions Together

One Death and Potentially a 2nd One Shakes the Press Corps

Haiku Hiatus, But Simpson's Still Here

When "The Tonight Show" Went Private

An Unusual Request

What Part of Conjugal Didn't She Understand?

Twinkle, Twinkle

The Fuhrman Saga Begins

Prelude to the "Oddest Day" in Trial of Odd Days

Opening Statements Snafu Haiku

No Explanation Needed

A Look Back into the Future

King Visit is a Royal Disaster

New Team Member, Not a Dream

To Pull the Plug or Not Pull the Plug

So Easy to Find FaultWhen You're Not Driving

Sequestered, No Matter Where


Other Anatomy of a Trial blog posts:


Durst the Next OJS? I Don't Think So

Ferguson Shootings: Fox and Fuhrman Finger Obama

Screwy Backstage Stuff

The 'Oddest Day' in Trial of Odd Days

Sideshows Spawned by Simpson “Media Circus”

Tiffs of Note

Writers of a Subject Should Know the Lingo

OJS Series Cast Good, Book Anecdote Not

Judiciary Chair to Supremes: ‘Let Those Cameras in’

Oct. 3, a Day in History

A Rousing Review

Oct. 3, a Day in History

Link to WPR Interview and More

Soundbites: A Bogus Argument Against Cameras

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

'Mistakes' Aired on WEHC-FM

Scoring Geragos, Snarky or Not

Scales of Justice Don't Balance Camera Access

Darden's Opinion, Relevant or Not