Writing my first book Embittered Justice was what some would call a labor of love. Inspiration for the book started when I had the personal misfortune of spending time in a court room. I listened carefully as cases were presented and the fates of defendants were left in the hands of the defense, prosecution and a judge. The types of cases were diverse but the single common element was about making a deal or plea agreement. I watched in horror as the conversations in the hallway were whispered about what a defendant would accept and how lives would be changed forever. It didn’t seem to matter what the elements of the cases were; only that the outcome was based on the networking experience of the attorney. The secretive proceedings would cast doubt in my mind on the legitimacy of the system that had no respect for the defendant, innocent or guilty. Legal or administrative bodies with strict ruling and secretive proceedings metaphorically are sometimes called star chambers. This term is intended to cast doubt on the legitimacy of proceedings in the judicial system.
“A LIE GETS HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD BEFORE THE TRUTH HAS A CHANCE TO GET ITS PANTS ON.” SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Journal entries and statistics turned into a story of one woman’s courageous fight against a judicial system that had failed her in many ways. It was important to tell the story in a way that would shed light on the personal trials and struggle an innocent defendant must endure to speak against corruption.
Michaela Riley is the author of EMBITTERED JUSTICE. You can visit her website at www.michaelariley.com.