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The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)

By Michael Connelly

Longtime safeguard legal professional Mickey Haller is recruited to alter stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal baby homicide. After twenty-four years in criminal, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by way of new DNA proof. Haller is confident Jessup is accountable, and he is taking the case at the situation that he will get to settle on his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller trigger on a case fraught with political and private hazard. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a protection legal professional who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after such a lot of years.

With the percentages and the facts opposed to them, Bosch and Haller needs to nail a sadistic killer as soon as and for all. If Bosch is certain of whatever, it truly is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.

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I watched the jury dossier in and take their assigned seats within the field. I watched them heavily, keying on their eyes often. Checking for a way they checked out the defendant. you could research much from that; a furtive look or a powerful judgmental stare. Jury choice had long gone as scheduled. We went during the first panel of 90 potential jurors in an afternoon yet had sat basically 11 after such a lot have been eradicated as a result of their media wisdom of the case. the second one panel used to be simply as tricky to choose between and it wasn’t till Friday night at five-forty that we had our ultimate eighteen. I had my jury chart in entrance of me, and my eyes have been leaping among the faces within the field and the names on my Post-its, attempting to memorize who used to be who. I already had a very good deal with on so much of them yet i wished the names to turn into moment nature to me. i needed that allows you to examine them and handle them as though they have been pals and pals. The pass judgement on used to be at the bench and able to pass at 9 sharp. She first requested the legal professionals if there has been any new or unfinished enterprise to handle. Upon studying there has been no longer, she referred to as within the jurors. “Okay, we're all here,” she stated. “I are looking to thank the entire jurors and different events for being on time. we commence the trial with establishing statements from the legal professionals. those usually are not to be construed as facts yet merely—” The pass judgement on stopped, her eyes fastened at the again row of the jury field. a lady had timidly raised her hand. The pass judgement on stared for a protracted second after which checked her personal seating chart ahead of responding. “Ms. Tucci? Do you could have a query? ” I checked my chart. quantity ten, Carla Tucci. She was once one of many jurors I had now not but devoted to reminiscence. A mousy brunette from East Hollywood. She used to be thirty-two years previous, single and she or he labored as a receptionist at a clinical health facility. in keeping with my color-coded chart, I had her down as a juror who might be swayed by way of more advantageous personalities at the panel. This used to be no longer a nasty factor. It simply trusted no matter if these personalities have been for a responsible verdict or no longer. “I imagine I observed whatever I wasn’t speculated to see,” she stated in a fearful voice. pass judgement on Breitman hung her head for a second and that i knew why. She couldn’t get the wheels out of the dust. We have been able to move and now the trial will be behind schedule prior to beginning statements have been even within the checklist. “Okay, let’s attempt to look after this speedy. i would like the jury to stick in position. everybody else remain in position and Ms. Tucci and the lawyers and that i will pass speedy again to chambers to determine what this can be approximately. ” As we obtained up I checked my jury chart. there have been six alternates. I had 3 of them pegged as pro-prosecution, within the center and one siding with the safeguard. If Tucci was once ejected for no matter what misconduct she used to be approximately to bare, her alternative will be selected randomly from the alternates. This intended that I had a better-than-even likelihood of seeing her changed with a juror who used to be a fan of the prosecution and just a one in six probability of having a juror who used to be pro-defense.

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