The Judgment by D.W. Buffa

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When Judge Calvin Jeffries becomes the first sitting judge to be murdered while serving office, Charismatic criminal defense attorney Joseph Antonelli finds himself smack in the middle of a riveting case. As he works through the intricacies of a homicide audacious enough to strike at the heart of justice, the ensuing investigation and trial reveal a deadly trail of evil, shattered lives and revenge. While challenging traditional notions of crime and punishment, the novel also calls into question the very principles of America's judicial system and marks the breakthrough of a master storyteller.

About D.W. Buffa

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D. W. Buffa served as a defense attorney for 10 years. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago & currently lives in Napa, California, where he is at work on his next book.
Published January 1, 2001 by Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited. 444 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Back in the present, Buffa takes his time getting down to the business of Judge Jeffries’s fatal stabbing, taking time out first for Joe’s visit to his former associate Elliott Winston, whose wife Jean left him for the judge after he was confined to a mental hospital.

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Seasoned defense attorney Joseph Antonelli, himself a particularly maligned target of the venomous Jeffries, is persuaded to take the case and becomes convinced that both murders were planned by the same brilliant criminal—one Antonelli is particularly familiar with, since the man once shot him.

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Buffa begins THE JUDGMENT with the funeral of Judge Calvin Jeffries and its aftermath.

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Entertainment Weekly

It's hard to believe that the author of ''The Defense'' and ''The Prosecution,'' two brilliant legal thrillers, is also responsible for this plodding, contrived novel that brings back philosophical attorney Joseph Antonelli.

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