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BURNT EARTH

Nuri Heckler

Copyright 2014, Let Write Be Done, LLC, Denver, Colorado

Smashwords Edition

Dedication

This book is for those who came to America believing they would be welcomed solely for their contributions to prosperity and freedom. May their hope for us be justified.

CHAPTER ONE

“From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on procedural and substantive safeguards designed to assure fair trials before impartial tribunals in which every defendant stands equal before the law. This noble ideal cannot be realized if the poor man charged with crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

Gideon v. Wainright, Supreme Court of the United States (1963)


The image of Justice in the mural above the main door was blindfolded like an exhibitionist. She held a scale that she could not see. Her other hand held a gavel as a weapon. The rest of the room was ostentatiously lined with law books on built-in shelves.

Slim Cassidy was not in the courtroom to represent those who were too willful or stupid to ask for an attorney, nor would she be representing defendants who could afford to wear nice suits. The Hugo Bosses had bought their representation at hefty prices, and their lawyers were uniformed in equally expensive brand-name clothes. Slim found her deep blue pin stripes at Target. She wore her hair in dreadlocks. Her business cards said Slim Cassidy, her drivers license was rated for motorcycles, and she checked off both African American and Caucasian even if the form told her she could Choose Only One. When the police told a defendant that they would be assigned an attorney if they could not afford one, Slim was the lawyer that was assigned, so long as they were going to Courtroom 12 in the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado.

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