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By Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington purely wishes a iciness getaway from the chilliness of latest 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 protect Allison Manning. the attractive younger lady stands accused of killing her wealthy husband on board their sumptuous yacht after which burying him at sea.

Stone isn't really precisely conversant with the island country's legislations, yet this a lot is apparent to him: Allison is being railroaded via the perverse experience 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 little thing he can to avoid wasting Allison—from publicizing the case all around the American press to undertaking the type of clever, tricky research that cash cannot purchase. simply while he has the jury within the palm of his arms, a stunning reversal of fortune adjustments every little thing. And what used to be a yes factor starts off to appear much like a demise sentence.

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I shouldn’t be shocked if, within the situations, Winston will ask for an early trial date. what's it you will have of me? I don’t understand if I’m as much as attempting a homicide case, no longer except you take pleasure in a dangling. ” Thomas and Stone laughed. “We desire your aid for the listening to, Leslie,” Thomas stated. “To carry the citadel till we will be able to get a barrister in from London. ” “Ah, I see,” Hewitt acknowledged. “Well, i will be able to definitely assist you to that volume. ” “There’s the problem of bail, too, Sir Leslie,” Stone acknowledged. “Please name me Leslie,” the little guy acknowledged. “Everyone does. ” “Leslie, do you're thinking that there’s an opportunity of bail? ” “It’s now not unprecedented in this kind of case,” Hewitt responded. “It’s now not a simple island to get off of, in particular if you’re a foreigner, so the pass judgement on could smile on this type of request. Bail could be steep, notwithstanding. ” “How steep? ” “A hundred thousand money, maybe two times that. ” “Cash? ” “Does the girl have any estate in St. Marks? ” “An dear yacht. ” “That could do very properly, if the pass judgement on is bound she won’t sail away. ” “That’s excellent news; I’ll go it directly to Mrs. Manning. ” “I shall are looking to meet her sooner than the hearing,” Hewitt acknowledged. “May we meet on the courthouse at, say, 9 within the morning? that are meant to supply us time. ” “Of course,” Stone stated. “Ah, you pointed out striking; i am hoping that was once in jest? ” “Oh, no,” Sir Leslie acknowledged, shaking his head. “Certainly now not in jest. ” “St. Marks has capital punishment, then? ” “Oh, sure; it’s fairly effortless to get hanged in St. Marks. you notice, Mr. Barrington, there’s no felony process to talk of on our attractive 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 penitentiary. If there’s no room within the reformatory, then the effective is elevated, and the Ministry of Justice is especially scrupulous approximately accumulating the fines. Then now we have a moment type of offenses, beginning with armed theft and working up via attack with cause to kill—virtually any crime regarding violence yet now not demise. those are handled by means of exile, everlasting exile from our island. For natives of St. Marks, who love their island, it is a crueler punishment than you may think. Then, finally, we've got crimes regarding demise: voluntary manslaughter, any measure of homicide, conspiracy to murder—these crimes are capital offenses, and demise is by way of putting. we have now one or hangings a yr. ” “You suggest, then, that if Allison Manning is located accountable of any measure of murder, she is going to be hanged? they'd hold a girl? ” “Quite so. in simple terms approximately one in ten individuals hanged is a lady, however it occurs. ” “What approximately race? might the truth that Mrs. Manning is white be an element in a potential loss of life sentence? ” “I may still say that will elevate her probabilities of hanging,” Sir Leslie acknowledged, “especially seeing that her jury is particularly prone to be all or approximately all black. ” Stone swallowed demanding. “I see. ” “I may still point out, too,” Sir Leslie endured, “that in St.

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