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The Law of Innocence

Mickey Haller Series, Book 6
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A murder case is like a tree. A tall tree. An oak tree. It has been carefully planted and cared for by the state. Watered and trimmed when needed, examined for disease and parasites of any kind. Its root system is constantly monitored as…
I saw the Metro Division badge on his shoulder and four chevrons on his long sleeves. I knew they gave them out for five years of service each. He was a veteran Metro bullethead all the way. === Should anything happen to me, the deputies…
I had represented him for several years and through different charges and had somehow liked him even as I privately joined the public in their outrage at the scams he pulled. A weekly newspaper had once labeled him “The Most Hated Man in…
I smiled like I was some sort of comedian hawking his stand-up act. === My investigator was Dennis “Cisco” Wojciechowski and the stand-in was my law partner, Jennifer Aronson. === Legal Siegel used to say? ‘Look like a winner and you’ll…
My 4 a.m. wake-up at Twin Towers resulted in me getting to my private conference room at 8 : 40 a.m., a total travel distance of four blocks. === “There’s one other thing from Harry Bosch,” Jennifer said. “What’s that?” “He said he also…
Counselor. Driving what? Who?” “Me. I work out of my car and I need a driver. It’s a Lincoln.” === I smiled at my daughter, winked at Kendall. Just as I was about to turn to the defense table, I saw the courtroom door open and Maggie…
Innocence is not a legal term. No one is ever found innocent in a court of law. No one is ever exonerated by the verdict of a jury. The justice system can only deliver a verdict of guilty or not guilty. === “Okay, so this is the…
“You know what they say: the FBI doesn’t share. It eats like an elephant and shits like a mouse.” === It’s true that these are serious allegations but sunlight is the best disinfectant, Your Honor, and this hearing should remain open to…
“Is that what they teach you at USC Law?” I said. “How not to jinx a case?” “No, that’s third year.” === “Besides, it would be your word against two agents’. Do the math on that.” “Is that why you guys always travel in pairs?” === It…
“Is it legal? Is it within code? Perhaps. I’ll give them that. But is it fair? Is it in the pursuit of justice? Not a chance. === “What’s a Touhy letter?” Cisco asked. “Step one in a protocol for demanding a federal agent’s testimony,”…
Over the years I’d had many incarcerated clients who exhibited and complained about prison rash. Visits to the jail clinic didn’t cure it or explain it. Its origin was unknown. It had been suggested that the industrial detergent used on…
You are all part of something that is sacred and one of the cornerstones of our democracy. In fact, no institution in modern society is more democratic than a jury. Look at yourselves. You are twelve strangers randomly brought together for…
“I think you found it, Harry,” I said. “The magic bullet.” “Just be careful you don’t shoot yourself with it,” he said. === “Judge, every lawyer’s got a bag of tricks — prosecutor, defense attorney, doesn’t matter. There is nothing pure…
“Don’t you have TV in the module? CNN? People are dying in China from this virus. They think it is probably here.” “They changed shifts in the bubble, and the new people in there with the remotes only give us ESPN and Fox News.” “Fox has…
The state overwhelmed with its power and might. Prosecutors could afford to be unimaginative, even stodgy. They trotted out their cases to the jury like furniture instructions from Ikea. Step-by-step with big illustrations, all the tools…
I shook my head as though I was being offered a deal on an ice-cube farm in Siberia. === The victim was killed in the defendant’s car in the defendant’s garage. Common sense dictates that the defendant was responsible. There was, of…
“Judge, oops is not a legal excuse,” I said. === “Talk about falling in shit and coming up smelling like a rose,” I said. === The scam P1 of 2: “It’s a costly process. Waste fuel, feedstock, whatever you want to call it, has to be…
The scam P2 of 2: “A tanker truck carries about two hundred barrels. So that would be four hundred dollars paid to the refinery every time the truck leaves with its payload.” “And that’s where the fraud is?” “Yes. My last big case was in…
“The scammers called it ‘bleeding the beast .’” “Do you know why it was called that?” “They said that the U.S. government was the beast. And it was so big and had so much money that it would never notice what was being bled off in the…