The Decision

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Judge Henry Davis is faced with deciding whether a young man, convicted of murder, should live or die. The case has generated national media attention and opposing forces are lined up outside the court. Adding to the mounting pressure on Judge Davis, himself a candidate for political office, is pressure from a king-making publisher who wants him to duck the decision. What will the judge do? More
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About Russ Durbin

Russ calls himself a "Pennsylvania Hoosier." Born and raised in Indiana, he has lived in Bucks County, PA, for 30 years. He began his career as a newspaper and broadcast journalist in news and sports. After a career in corporate communications, Russ has turned to writing fiction, specializing in short stories. Genres include westerns, sports, historical, romance, and character delineation stories.

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Marcia Carrington reviewed on Jan. 21, 2019

This is a sincere short story which advocates understanding of the legal profession, in this case a judge with a difficult, controversial case to finalize. The story does not go into detail about the crime committed, or the accused, preferring to focus on its protagonist. Crisply written and well-paced, the story explores one side of the argument against capital punishment from the judge's viewpoint with empathy, and restraint.
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Rita Hoepp reviewed on July 28, 2012
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The judge's dilemma, his moral fiber, and his grounding in Scripture and law are quite evident. The reader also is inspired to feel sympathy for the boy without knowing a lot about him. I would like to know more about the crime, though, how it transpired and why. Russ is strong with characterization. I will look forward to seeing him stretch his plots a bit without sacrificing any of his characters.
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tjohns reviewed on June 21, 2012

Very nice; suspense is maintained throughout the story. Bit of a Grisham flair as well.
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