A Different Cadence

by John Gordon Forester, Jr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 19/04/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781587211669

About the Book

A Different Cadence is a story about the people the author has encountered as clients, judges and witnesses. It is not a story about the lawyer but about the fascinating characters he has known and represented in more than thirty years of practice. There are pimps, whores, gamblers and killers. There are witches and mental patients in chains. There are judges who take the time to care; the murder of Rocky and Curly. James Parks on trial for killing his wife's lover; a gambler's trial; and two young men accused of statutory rape on trial for their lives. It tells the story of a retired Army sergeant, locked away in St. Elizabeths Mental Hospital without due process of law. Then there is death on Grapevine Mountain, which remains a mystery today. Some are innocent, ground up in the machinery of the system. Others are not so innocent. Guilty or innocent, their stories are fascinating.

This book illustrates the contrast in the legal profession of yesterday, when lawyers represented people and their problems, as opposed to today's practice with mega firms and the emphasis on the 'Billable Hour.'

About the Author

Gordon Forester is a lawyer in private practice in Washington, DC.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his law degree from George Washington University.

Upon graduation from college, Gordon was commissioned in the United States Navy. He served on an aircraft carrier in the West Pacific and then graduated from Underwater Swimmers School in Key West, Florida and Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in Indian Head, Maryland. He also qualified as a deep sea diver.

After his release from the Navy and graduation from law school, he clerked for a federal judge in the District of Columbia. He has practiced law for more than thirty years, primarily in civil and criminal trial work.

Gordon lives with his wife, Georgina, in suburban Maryland. They have four adult children.