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Of Murder and Madness: A True Story

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A KILLER WITHOUT REDEMPTION...
In broad daylight in the backwater of Rawlins, Wyoming, Joe Esquibel shot his wife right between the eyes in front of eight witnesses, including his own children and a deputy sheriff with his gun drawn. It seemed an indefensible case of premeditated murder by a remorseless killer. A crime that cried out for the death penalty.

A LAWYER WHO WOULD
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1983)
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Jeff Lacy
The first book Gerry wrote and the second published. It's probably the best written. He presents the issue of the insanity defense. It is the structure of how he goes about it that makes the book worth reading. It's not preachy, as Spence sometimes get in his later books. In this book Spence goes back and forth, from one chapter to the next. He progresses forward, tracing his client's mental illness to his mother's lifestyle in the home and how that affected his future conduct. Then Spence deals ...more
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A beautiful, and honest book. It took bravery to write the way Spence did about his own self and his experiences. It was an accurate inside look at "Justice" in our court systems. I am a Spence fan after finishing this book.
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Gerry Spence is a trial lawyer in the United States. In 2008, he announced he would retire, at age 79, at the end of the Geoffrey Fieger trial in Detroit, MI. Spence did not lose a criminal case in the over 50 years he practiced law. He started his career as a prosecutor and later became a successful defense attorney for the insurance industry. Years later, Spence said he "saw the light" and becam ...more
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