Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Grisham takes on the tough topic of Police invading our homes and MURDERING OUR PETS and sometimes the homeowners themselves.
Rogue Lawyer, Sebastian Rudd, and his paralegal/bodyguard, Partner represent Doug Renfro after the police SWAT Team invade his home during the middle of the night, murder his wife (Kitty) and their two dogs (12 year old yellow lab Spike and a small schnauzer) and severely wound Doug Renfro. Doug & Kitty were model citizens who had owned their home in a quiet suburb of the city for 30 years. Their "crime" having an unsecured wireless router that a 19 year old neighbor piggybacked off of without their knowledge or permission. Thanks to stupid state laws Doug is charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. In contrast the real criminal 19 year old Lance is arrested in the middle of the afternoon by three plain clothes detectives who politely knock on his door and serve him with a warrant. Sebastian not only proves that Doug and Kitty were INNOCENT of all crimes but that after being awaken by the gunshots that killed Spike in their home there was no way they could know that the armed invaders wearing war paint were police officers. The Jury finds Doug Renfro NOT GUILTY and ask if their is any way the police officers who MURDERED Kitty can be charged. Unfortunately not, due to bad State laws that give police officers immunity even when they are in the WRONG.
Other cases Rudd takes aren't so easy for him to deal with Tadeo Zapate refuses to take the excellent deal Rudd brokered for him and Arch Swanger uses him to communicate with the police. An ongoing custody battle with his lesbian ex-wife leaves him feeling disillusioned. At the end of the book Rudd is contemplating leaving town for good.
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