By Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington in basic terms desires a iciness getaway from the nippiness of recent York within the appealing, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. yet what the legal professional and ex-cop will get as an alternative is the opportunity to shield Allison Manning. the attractive younger girl stands accused of killing her wealthy husband on board their sumptuous yacht after which burying him at sea.

Stone is not precisely conversant with the island country's legislation, yet this a lot is obvious to him: Allison is being railroaded via the perverse feel of justice of a prosecutor who will do something to stick in place of work. wearing the gown and wig of a British barrister, Stone does every thing he can to save lots of Allison—from publicizing the case everywhere in the American press to undertaking the type of clever, tricky research that cash cannot purchase. simply whilst he has the jury within the palm of his fingers, a stunning reversal of fortune adjustments every thing. And what used to be a certain factor starts off to appear much like a dying sentence.

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You notice, Mr. Barrington, there’s no criminal process to talk of on our gorgeous island. Crimes are likely to get divided into 3 sessions: first, there’s whatever from petty robbery via attack and battery as much as, say, a number of burglaries. those crimes are handled through fines and brief sentences, as much as approximately 3 months, in our neighborhood prison. If there’s no room within the prison, then the fantastic is elevated, and the Ministry of Justice is especially scrupulous approximately accumulating the fines. Then we now have a moment classification of offenses, beginning with armed theft and working up via attack with motive to kill—virtually any crime regarding violence yet no longer demise. those are handled through exile, everlasting exile from our island. For natives of St. Marks, who love their island, this can be a crueler punishment than you may think. Then, finally, we have now crimes related to loss of life: voluntary manslaughter, any measure of homicide, conspiracy to murder—these crimes are capital offenses, and loss of life is through placing. we've one or hangings a 12 months. ” “You suggest, then, that if Allison Manning is located responsible of any measure of murder, she's going to be hanged? they'd grasp a girl? ” “Quite so. purely approximately one in ten people hanged is a lady, however it occurs. ” “What approximately race? might the truth that Mrs. Manning is white be an element in a potential dying sentence? ” “I may still say that might bring up her possibilities of hanging,” Sir Leslie stated, “especially considering that her jury is particularly prone to be all or approximately all black. ” Stone swallowed tough. “I see. ” “I may still point out, too,” Sir Leslie endured, “that in St. Marks, jury verdicts are via majority, no longer unanimous vote, so a white juror or wouldn't have the capacity to reason a impasse, and the pass judgement on elects the jury. ” “Jesus Christ,” Stone acknowledged quietly. Sir Leslie smiled. “I’m completely satisfied to determine you're taking this heavily. ” “What is the appeals approach? ” Stone requested. “There is simply a unmarried appeal,” Sir Leslie responded. “All capital convictions are instantly mentioned the major minister, whose note is ultimate. He quite often responds day after today, and, may still his choice be unfavourable, the striking occurs at the following day. ” He smiled. “Since our procedure is so effective, we have a tendency to imagine that capital punishment quite is a deterrent to capital crime. ” “Yes,” Stone spoke back, “I can see the way it will be. ” Thomas became to Stone. “You’re going to be doing loads of telephoning the next day to come, I may still imagine. There’s a room with a telephone over the bar you should use. ” “Thanks, Thomas,” Stone stated. “Maybe I may still simply take the room for the length. ” “That should be nice. ” “Is there someplace i will be able to hire a printer for my computing device? ” “My bookkeeper is on holiday; I’ll circulation hers in there for you. ” They became again to Leslie Hewitt, who looked as if it would have dozed off. “Leslie? ” Thomas acknowledged. The little guy opened his eyes. “Thomas? Is that Thomas Hardy? ” “Yes, Leslie. ” “How excellent of you to return and spot me,” he stated, beaming at them. He grew to become towards Stone. “And who may well this be? ” once they again to the eating place, Thomas passed Stone a fax.

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