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Degrees of Guilt_ trilogy deals with the "accidental" overdose of a teen named Sammy James. Each book focuses on what happened from a different perspective as 3 teens who were close to him tell about THEIR part in what happened. The tie that binds the 3 books together is the trial of a local teacher about HIS possible role in the death. Each book has a different author and there is a website where you can read the testimony of each of the 3 main characters between books and, eventually, the verdict.
Driver's Ed by Caroline B. Cooney (other culpable traffic accident death)
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Izzy Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voight the girl loses her leg in a drunk driving accident and a trial does follow
Monster by Walter Dean Myers (criminal trial)
Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn
Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr is about a girl severely injured by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, although a lot of attention is paid to the legal follow-ups, it takes place in Australia where the laws are much different.
Shattering Glass leads up to murder as well but not as much in depth police work
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-ucci which dealt with a possible murder case.
The Rag and Bone Shop by Cormier. Not so much a focus on the trial, but on the detective work (or lack thereof) that goes into investigating the case, and how personalities can color the investigation.
The Trial by Jennifer Bryant
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman (DUI defendant)
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