Vincent Bugliosi

Author of ‘The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder’

Previously Aired On: Thursday, June 26, 2008 – Listen to the Show!

Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his classic, Helter Skelter, the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of Bugliosi’s other books—And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage—also reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. No other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking. His latest book, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has been heralded as “epic” and “a book for the ages.”

Bugliosi has uncommonly attained success in two separate and distinct fields, as an author and a lawyer. His excellence as a trial lawyer is best captured in the judgment of his peers. “Bugliosi is as good a prosecutor as there ever was,” Alan Dershowitz says. F. Lee Bailey calls Bugliosi “the quintessential prosecutor.” “There is only one Vince Bugliosi. He’s the best,” says Robert Tanenbaum, for years the top homicide prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.’s office. Most telling is the comment by Gerry Spence, who squared off against Bugliosi in a twenty-one-hour televised, scriptless “docu-trial” of Lee Harvey Oswald, in which the original key witnesses to the Kennedy assassination testified and were cross-examined. After the Dallas jury returned a guilty verdict in Bugliosi’s favor, Spence said, “No other lawyer in America could have done what Vince did in this case.”

In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world.

As a prosecutor who is dedicated to seeking justice, Bugliosi, in his inimitable style, delivers a non-partisan argument, free from party lines and instead based upon hard facts and pure objectivity.

A searing indictment of the President and his administration, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder also outlines a legally credible pathway to holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions, thereby creating a framework for future occupants of the oval office.

Vincent Bugliosi calls for the United States of America to return to the great nation it once was and can be again. He believes the first step to achieving this goal is to bring those responsible for the war in Iraq to justice.

June 2008 --Previous Guests--, Vincent Bugliosi | 19 comments


  1. To assist the World as a whole the United States people need to get rid on four things that stand in the way of a true Democracy.
    1. Our own Dictator, Geroge Bush.
    2. The Electoral College.
    3. Delegates and Super Delegates.
    4. Electronic voting machines that are not allowed to be inspected by anyone.
    Then and only then will the United States have a president truly selected by the people. Since our beginning the Pople, commoners, have never been trusted to be able to select the leader of our country because they were not ‘Land Owners’. They were the farmers, laborers, and heart of this country, but not allowed to choose a president. Still today this is true because of the political walls put up like superdelegates, electoral college and voting machines that it is against the law to examine like in the 2nd election of our dictators Bush and Cheney.
    It is time to go back to the basics. Prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes against humanity or better yet, send them to fix Iraq and pull their passports and tell them they will get them back when they fix his revenge for DADDY!
    That won’t help the thousands of soldiers families that buried their sons and daughters at the expense of bushes revenge but it may lessen the pain a little. He does not even merrit a capitol B in his name in my book.

    Comment by Ted Morell | June 12, 2008


    Please read this thread on DailyKos

    While I am not an attorney or an expert in Constitutional Law, I think the scenario that “Freiheit” draws up needs to be explored – in fact it’s hard to believe it hasn’t seen the light of day until now. (David Swanson featured this ‘Kos thread yesterday.)

    In a nutshell:
    As I understand, Pelosi has a legal CONFLICT OF INTEREST in the matter of impeachment because she “complied with torture” and therefore she could be accused of obstruction of justice because:
    1. she was a witness to a crime, AND
    2. she sought to obstruct legal findings in the matter

    It is a fascinating proposition. I hope bloggers here will pursue this with legal scholars and the legal team at the House Judiciary Committee.

    Comment by Dick Kaiser | June 12, 2008

  3. 1. Can Nancy Pelosi, Jane Harman, Jay Rockefeller, and Pat Roberts be forced to recuse themselves from voting on impeachment and can Representatives such as Conyers and Nadler be forced to disregard Pelosi’s and others instructions on impeachment?
    2. If Pelosi, Harman, Rockefeller, and Roberts will not acknowledge their conflict of interests as members of the Gang of Eight/Four who were briefed on spying, rendition, and torture programs,
    Can they be compelled to recuse themselves through the testimony of their staff members or former members of the gang of 8 like Tom Daschle, Bill Frist, Porter Goss, and Tom Delay who witnessed their presence at these briefings?

    3. Murder charges are justified but such justice extends only to the perps and does not reach their dependents and associates who will benefit monetarily from the crimes long after the perps are executed.
    Whistleblowers, Under the False Claims Act, can sue private companies like Halliburton who cheat the govt. out of money.
    [Henry Waxman says $23 billion is missing, while former contractor employees testified before Congress that billing fraud in Iraq ranged from 30% to 50% of the total charged to taxpayers].
    Counties are liable per the unanimous Supreme Court decision in Cook County v. United States ex rel. Chandler.
    Does liability also apply to other representative bodies of govt. such as the Executive Branch?
    Can False Claim lawsuits against the contractors and the Executive Branch be pursued independently and at the same time?
    Do each of the 935 false statements qualify as a “false claim” with a $5,000-$10,000 penalty for each violation and double damages if the defendant is cooperative, and treble damages if not? and does the total cost of Iraq therefore qualify as damages?

    Comment by anon | June 12, 2008

  4. The labeling of George W.Bush as GUILTY OF MURDER must be supported by all for the followng reasoning.

    For the historical record and for ensuring that future generations will not tolerate the immoral, illegal deeds of the administration of the USA from 2000-2008,
    I urge the following: Identify those who are responsible for the war in Iraq, establish their guilt (if any) and mete out the justice they deserve.

    Comment by William Schwied, MD | June 20, 2008

  5. Mr. Bugliosi: I have a very special suggestion for you and need to request your advice about your latest book!

    Our cooperative efforts could accomplish the very thing which you seem to desire!

    E-mail me and I will be happy to explain in full!

    Thank you!

    Comment by Dr, Abernathy | July 1, 2008

  6. I am nearing the end of your book “The Prosecution of George W, Bush for Murder”Mr. Bugliosi and I truly admire your bravery in publishing this book. I am just an ordinary American. I worked as a secretary for forty years, but even I knew what a horrible thing this war was and the falseness of the reasons behind it. I remember hearing on TV days after the war had started about a little ten year Iraqi boy, who had lost both his arms and legs, plus his whole family in a bombing and wanted to be sent anywhere but the USA for treatment. Most of my friends and family knew this war was wrong before it got started, but the Republican ones started to try to justify it once it was going. Its a shame, but that’s how it is. I once was a Republican and voted twice for Reagan, but was disenchanted with him over the Airport Controller’s strike, which I believe broke the back of the unions in this country. Also his statement that ketchup was a vegetable for children’s school lunches was bizarre. Bush Sr.’s involvement in the IranContra dealings and his trickle down economy put me off on him. Then along comes the real evildoer, his son. It is hard for me to understand the stupidity of the people in this country now, but just turn on the TV and you’ll see what’s occupying their minds, all the latest gossip on all the stars and celebrities, their affairs, arrests, marriages and so forth. The news media, I believe loves Bush, because he gave a tax break to people making over $200,000 a year, and you know most of them make a lot more than that. Even if they don’t love him, they have to stick to the spiel of the network bosses. I haven’t heard any mention of your book on TV, maybe I’ve just missed it. I hope people start talking about it and they read it.

    Thanks again Mr. Bugliosi

    Comment by Winnie Disney | July 7, 2008


    Comment by DENISE LALIBERTE | July 13, 2008

  8. Can you tell me how to contact Vincent Bugliosi? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks

    Comment by Laurence Topliffe | July 29, 2008

  9. I, too, am all fired up again by Mr. Bugliosi’s book. As a result, I’m going to try to contact the two D.A.s in my area to see if they can be persuaded to prosecute George W. Bush. However, it seems to me that Mr. Bugliosi has, himself, already done something along those lines. Can anybody (especially Mr. Bugliosi) direct me to any such effort? Although not a lawyer, and having no experience in criminal cases, I have some background in working with civil litigation lawyers and have lots of abilities to offer.

    Comment by Nicola | September 18, 2008

  10. If Bush ever does go to trial, under oath, he must tell us the real reason for his invasion of Iraq.I believe it is obvious and makes to much sense for it not to be true.In Afganistan the terrorist were out in the open on a battlefield.After that campaign they went into hideing, Bush was determined to use military might so he had to draw the terrorist out and what better way to do that than to invade another muslim other words the intent was to create AlQeada in Iraq,problem is all of the Iraqis who were slaughtered in the process a true crime against humanity.

    Comment by Martin Walsh | January 3, 2009

  11. I have read most of Mr. Bugliosi’s books and have always had high regard for him. I found ‘Prosecution of GWB’ in the library today. I would like to thank him for his integrity, honesty, and courage; and his perseverance to find a publisher. Kudos to Vanguard Press and all who helped make this expose’ possible.
    The truths exposed in this book were not foreign to what I have believed for a long time. However, it was such an eye-opener with all the facts presented, that I wish there was something I could do to make sure Mr Bush’s totally corrupt misdeeds don’t go unnoticed by the people he was supposed to be working for. He has struck fear in the people’s hearts to the point that we willingly give up our civil rights and blindly do whatever he wants us all to do.
    I remember opposing the war before it started; remember hearing commentaries from opponents stating they believed it would bring terrorists into the area (who weren’t there before the war) and cause many more problems than it solved. But would George listen? Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!
    He definitly had an agenda. It is sad, pathetic, and unforgiveable what he and his cronies have done….a horrible disservice to humanity and impedement to healthy progress in the world.
    I borrowed this book from the library, but plan to purchase a copy for myself and everyone I think has one iota of a brain and a sense of justice! J. Chadwick

    Comment by joy chadwick | February 24, 2009

  12. Dear Mr. Bugliosi,
    Thank you for your books and for your service to the protection and education of America. Considering all I’ve read from those who hate Bush (as do I), I can’t add any more to it because it has all been said! Bush is a filthy piece of crap. On that point I think we are all in agreement. That he and his cronies should be prosecuted for their crimes goes without saying, but you have made an airtight and detailed case for it. I do have an important question for you though. I’m aware that the so-called “mainstream”, corporate owned and controlled American Media has avoided like the plague any significant mention of your book on prosecuting Bush. I’m currently in the process of writing a book on the Wall St. insider slimeballs, based on the ugly truths about the rampant and common market manipulation that I discovered during my seven years experience trading the markets. So I’m looking for a publisher (really an agent first) that would be willing to assist me in telling this important story, as telling it would steer many people away from a delusional process that is guaranteed to leave them poorer than when they started (regardless of whether the markets are booming or tanking). I’d appreciate any suggestions. But aside from that request, thank you again for suggesting sentiment that most Americans would be afraid to voice out loud or put in writing for fear of being arrested for “threatening a president”, i.e., that Bush and some of his cronies should be executed if found guilty of conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
    B. Cavanaugh, Vancouver WA

    Comment by Bill Cavanaugh | February 28, 2009

  13. I realize you are the super prosecutor but have to ask you if you were indeed mistaken as far as the motives you pressed in the Manson trial. Will you even acknowledge what Susan Atkins states on her death bed? Many of us of that age remember exactly what went on and have read extensively about it. Will you ever tell the real story Mr. Bugliosi? Please do not get me wrong, I admire you to no end, I only wish to know if you pursued and prosecuted a red herring as Ms. Atkins has stated. Thank you for your time Sir, I merely ask the question if you acknowlegde if Susan Atkins was telling the truth. Thank you sir, Steve Cartier 950 Mather St. Green Bay, Wi. 54303 920-496-9788

    Comment by Steve Cartier | September 7, 2009

  14. Though this does not directly relate to Mr. Bugliosi’s book about Bush. I would like to ask Mr. Bugliosi some questions pertaining to the Manson murders and his opinion on things since the trials and such. I just finished reading Helter Skelter for the 2nd time, this time as an adult and had some questions about it since more has come out about the murders and such since the book was written. Is there any way to contact Mr. Bugliosi or maybe an email, or a secretary or something. I know he gets lots of mail more then likely but I am really curious about some things. Thank you. My email is: thanks

    Comment by Janna Creighton | October 24, 2009

  15. Bush’s father and grandfather were born in Nazi Germany and assumed US identities. They operated as spies with NAZIS that became part of the CIA after WWII to bring America to its knees. Bush II a chip off their blocks. The Iraq War all about destroying America and elevating Germany. Obama is their puppet and continues the destruction of America.

    If you can contact Vince pass it on for his analysis.

    Nazi Germany Spies Hatched The First Family

    Comment by Jon Carlson | March 16, 2010

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    Comment by Constances Fat Burning Blog | December 24, 2010

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    Comment by Rhonda Mikels | February 14, 2011

  18. Did anyone tell Vincent, that very very early that same morning of 9-11, that there was a war over the Alaskian Straight, that missles were in fact fired from United States Military planes, and also from Russian Aircraft Migs, and F-16s… Honestly, is was broadcasted on radio stations am radio in fact, about 2 hours prior to the attack on the world trade centers. And, that bastard Bush, never said anything to the public, or the media about it?? Of all things, one should know the president would know this information, especially today in the day we live in. If anyone knows how to get an email to Vincent, about this, please do so. There must be someone who knows about it.

    Comment by Daniel | March 26, 2012

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