Framing the Dialogue

Rogue Lawyer

A Rogue Lawyer is one who’ll represent the unrepresentable…the lowest of the low, rapists, murderers, gang members…you get the picture.  Author John Grisham’s character, Sebastian Rudd, is such a lawyer also known as a criminal defense lawyer.  While the money is sometimes good, Rudd finds that very few people like him.  Certainly not the cops or prosecutors, and often not his clients, many of whom are ultimately convicted.  It seem criminals don’t like it when they are held accountable for their crimes.  Add to this mix Sebastian’s ex-wife who is also a lawyer and her mission to prevent their son from ever seeing his father.  Sebastian has a lot on his plate.

“These nights I find myself sleeping in cheap motel rooms that change each week.  I’m not trying to save money; rather, I’m just trying to stay alive.  There are plenty of people who’d like to kill me right now, and a few of them have been quite vocal.  They don’t tell you in law school that one day you may find yourself defending a person charged with a crime so heinous that otherwise peaceful citizens feel driven to take up arms and threaten to kill the accused, his lawyer, and even the judge.

Mr, Grisham finds a way to make Sebastian Rudd a somewhat sympathetic figure and casts light on what I believe happens in our society more than we’d like to think about;

“A lawyer like me is forced to work in the shadows.  My opponents are protected by badges, uniforms, and all the myriad trappings of government power.  They are sworn and duty-bound to uphold the law, but since they cheat like hell it forces me to cheat even more.”

This was a bargain book find for me and I really enjoyed it…kept me up late last night to finish it.

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