By Joseph Teller
It's the past due Nineteen Seventies and felony protection lawyer Harrison J. Walker, higher referred to as Jaywalker for his rebellious strategies, is suffering to construct his personal perform while he gets a choice from a determined mom. Her son, Darren Kingston, has been arrested for raping 5 white ladies in fort Hill, a space of the Bronx lengthy forgotten by means of the city.
A younger, handsome black guy, Darren is certainly pointed out through 4 of the sufferers because the 5th prepares to do an identical. Everyone—from the prosecution to the neighborhood at large—sees this as an open-and-shut case with good eyewitness testimony. each person, that's, other than Jaywalker.
The younger lawyer appears deep into the crimes, learning either the characters concerned and the nature of our society. What he reveals will hang-out him for the remainder of his profession.
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Fine,” said Jaywalker. “I’ll set it up as soon as I can. ” His broad smile completely trumped his father’s hesitancy, and with it, Jaywalker’s Bronx Justice 53 own doubts. Once again, it was as though the case was shadowed by a giant overhead pendulum, which would swing one moment in the direction of guilt and the next moment back to innocence. In a year and half of private practice, and in two before that with Legal Aid, Jaywalker had never had a client take a polygraph examination. There was a reason for that.
35 36 Joseph Teller And that was only page one. The indictment went on to charge Darren with additional counts of first-degree sod omy, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, assault against two of the victims, and criminal possession of a weapon—a knife—on each occasion. In all, there were twenty-three separate crimes charged. The only pieces of good news, if they could be called that, were that from the original five victims, it seemed now they were down to four who were willing to testify, and of those only two had apparently been actually raped; the other two counts were of attempted rape.
They took care of their children. From modest salaries, they somehow saved enough to buy a home. They didn’t seem to drink, use drugs, gamble, curse, get angry or do any of the other things that used to get so many of Jaywalker’s Legal Aid clients into trouble so often. In many ways, the Kingstons epitomized that most overworked of all clichés, the American Dream. They lived honest, hardworking and productive lives, day in and day out. They didn’t look to others to take care of them; they took care of themselves, and of each other.