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Book Review: Quest for Justice - Defending the Damned

By William R. Montross Jr.

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Quest for Justice Defending the Damned

By Richard S. Jaffe
New Horizon Press (2012)
Reviewed by William R. Montross Jr. 

When I joined the Southern Center for Human Rights some years ago, I was often confused and sometimes wholly lost in what passed for a criminal justice system in the Deep South. Without fail, my endless requests for guidance were answered with two words: “Call Richard.” Who was this Richard, and why would he entertain my ceaseless phone calls for help?

Richard was, and is, Richard Jaffe. And for the past eight years, he has been my Alabama lifeline. He has now written a book called Quest for Justice. It is a rollicking adventure story and the entertainment value alone is worth the price of admission. Even better, it’s all true. There are corrupt, bribe-taking judges waving guns around the courtroom. There are snitches and faked suicides and bodies planted under trailers. There is the unforgettable testimony of a witness admitting to putting her lover’s semen

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