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Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery

Michael Schein

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ISBN 10: 1934733210 / ISBN 13: 9781934733219
Published by Bennett & Hastings, 2008
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Title: Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery

Publisher: Bennett & Hastings

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Perfect Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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In 1793, Virginia's most powerful family found itself embroiled in scandal: Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law, the beautiful Nancy Randolph, were charged with adultery and infanticide. Richard Randolph demanded a public trial. They hired John Marshall, a young lawyer who was connected to their family through marriage, to defend them. John Marshall would go on to become the greatest Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a man whose theories of law are now taught to every first year law student, though at the time of the Randolph trial he was relatively unknown. Uncertain about Marshall's abilities, the Randolph family at the last minute and unbeknownst to Marshall brought in co-counsel; none other than founding father and former Virginia governor Patrick Henry. Henry's wild, improvisational style clashed with Marshall's reasoned defense based on the facts, but Henry was so successful that Marshall was forced to learn from him and then to improve on the master. Author Michael Schein, a former professor of American legal history, drew on John Marshall's actual trial notes in writing this novel that centers on the celebrity trial of the 18th century. JUST DECEITS shows how the remarkable defense team of wily Patrick Henry and ambitious John Marshall battled each other, their clients, the prosecution, and the truth itself, in an effort to save their clients from the gallows. In its ribald portrayal of a young legal system already driven more by spectacle than evidence, JUST DECEITS calls into question the feasibility of uncovering the whole truth. Ultimately, as secrets are revealed and relationships brought to light, JUST DECEITS is as much about the trials of love as about the trial in the courtroom.

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Michael Schein is the author of BONES BENEATH OUR FEET and JUST DECEITS, as well as a murder of poetry. From 1988-2003 Michael taught American Legal History, which led him to a fascinating high society murder trial defended by John Marshall and Patrick Henry. The result is the historical courtroom mystery, JUST DECEITS. Michael is also Artistic Director of the annual LiTFUSE poets' workshop, and his poetry has received honors, including two Pushcart Prize nominations.

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