Sunday, February 14, 2016

Corrupted / Lisa Scottoline / 424 pages

This page turner will tug at your heartstrings and raise your hackles at the corrupt judicial system.  Two minors are sentenced to sixty and ninety days in a juvenile detention facility, supposedly as a result of a zero tolerance policy, after a bullying/shoving incident.  In reality, they fulfill a quota in a Kash for Kids scandal engineered by two corrupt judges.  Bennie Rosato is hired to defend Jason, a young man devastated by the death of his mother.  The bully, Ritchie, will likewise benefit from Bennie's attempt to have their sentences overruled.  Bennie falls in love with Ritchie's uncle Declan, a Pennsylvania state mounted patrol officer.  When Jason's father discovers their relationship, he fires Bennie.

"When there is no justice, there is no peace."
"Litigation is war, only more expensive."
"No kid deserves to be tormented at school."
"Nobody comes out of prison better than when they went in."

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