By Dorothy B. Hughes
To forestall a Communist plot, a secretive guy searches l. a. for a personal file. whilst undesirable climate forces his flight to la to land outdoor of city, Steve Wintress concurs to proportion a vehicle with 3 of his fellow tourists: a timid younger soldier, a robust Justice division reputable, and a taciturn Hollywood attractiveness. They don't realize it but, yet all 4 strangers have anything in common—and one among them may possibly kill to get it. A Communist defector has smuggled the worthy Davidian document out of East Berlin, and each mystery company on this planet desires to get its palms on it. The file is someplace in la, and Steve should conflict the CIA, FBI, and the Communist occasion to safe it for himself. As he understands all too good, in a online game like this, the very last thing you have to belief is a pleasant face.
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With the advent of the computer, the task has been rendered even easier. Gone are the days when a trip to a distant law library was required, not to mention the sheer strength to lug fifty or sixty pounds of books to a reading table. All that’s needed now is that little coded citation, or the name of a case or the number of a statute, or even a particularly vexing phrase lifted verbatim from the language of that statute. Depraved indifference to human life, for example. So Jaywalker could be an armchair researcher right in his own apartment, allowing himself snacks, bathroom breaks and even an occasional check of a ball-game score whenever he liked.
It is only the unusually erudite trial judge, or the politically ambitious one, who bothers to commit his rulings to 56 Joseph Teller paper. ” It is, for the most part, at the appellate level that the writing takes place. And it takes place only if there’s been a conviction after trial. If there’s been an acquittal, the prohibition against double jeopardy prevents the prosecution from appealing. What’s sauce for the goose isn’t always sauce for the gander. The defendant who’s been found guilty below is permitted as a matter of right to appeal his conviction to a higher court, and from there to a succession of even higher courts, all the way up to—in the words of one of Jaywalker’s phrase-making jailhouse lawyers—“the Supremes,” if the judges of those courts deem the issue or issues involved sufficiently worthy of their attention.
Which didn’t sound like much, once he heard himself run down the list out loud. But she seemed to think otherwise. “I’m impressed,” she said, sipping a martini. Both of her nipples were covered this time, but only because they were in a restaurant. An hour earlier that had decidedly not been the case. ” had shouted the devil on his right shoulder, who was not only louder and far more persuasive, but apparently Jewish. ” And so it had come to pass that once again Jaywalker had succumbed to human frailty, primal instinct and Amanda Drake.