Trial by Fire

I’ve just finished reading Trial by Fire by Gerry Spence, a blow-by-blow account of Miss Wyoming’s defamation suit against Penthouse magazine.  Spence begins with his first meeting with his client and the decision whether to accept the case or not, walks the reader through highlights of the discovery process and trial, and ends with his struggle to let go of the case, years after the 10th circuit court of appeals took away all of his client’s $26.5 million verdict.  The book is aptly named, as throughout he draws comparisons between a woman’s struggle for justice in modern courts and the medieval law of the Malleus Maleficarum, or The Hammer of Witches.

It was a good book.  I recommend it.


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