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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Legal
  • Language:English
  • Pages:260
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543971255
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543971248

Behind the Robe

A Novel

by Barbara Sattler View author's profile page

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Overview

Readers who enjoy novels about court drama, lawyers and criminal justice will enjoy Behind the Robe: A Novel. Lourdes, a passionate public defender, applies to be a judge at the urging of Carlos, her husband, the boy she loved in high school, now a veteran with a chip on his shoulder. As a Latina she believes she has no chance and is shocked when the governor calls. Walking into court, sitting behind the high bench, flags behind her, "Can I do this job? Can I be fair? Am I a token? How can I deal with my friends now that I'm longer a defender, but a decider?" Lourdes is also a wife and friend. Her home life deteriorates, Carlos turns to drink to deal with his PTSD. Will their marriage survive? Molly, Lourdes' best friend, has been sober six months. Will she keep her addiction to alcohol and bad men under control? The reader will see what it's like to be a trial judge from the mundane, which robe to choose, to the decisions that change lives: Should this juror be excused for bias? Do the police have probable cause to justify a midnight search warrant? Should a minor be granted an abortion? Should the children be sent to a religious school or a public school in a dispute between divorced parents? Should this person standing before her be sent to prison or put on probation? There's more to it than "All Rise The Honorable Lourdes Velasquez presiding."

Description
"All Rise the Honorable Lourdes Vasquez presiding." Lourdes, the woman behind the robe and newly appointed to the bench, struggles with questions that change lives. Do the police have probable cause for a midnight search warrant? Should a minor be granted an abortion? Should children be sent to a religious school or stay in public school? Should the man standing before her be sent to prison? Should the defendant be allowed to remain in drug court after two relapses? Written by a judge Behind the Robe takes you into the daily life of a judge. Lourdes, a passionate public defender, applies to be a judge at the urging of her husband, Carlos, the boy she loved in high school—now a veteran with a chip on his shoulder. As a Latina she believes she has no chance and is shocked when the governor calls. As a new judge she must deal with the insecurity. "Can I do this job? Am I just a token? How can I deal with my friends? I'm longer a defender, but a decider." She is more than a judge, she's a wife and a friend. Things at home deteriorate. Carlos turns to drink to deal with his PTSD. Will her marriage survive? Molly, her best friend, sober for six months, has fallen on hard times. Will she keep her addiction to wine and bad men under control? Behind the Robe takes you into a world few know, what it's like to be a judge. Before she was a judge the author, Barbara Sattler, was a criminal defense lawyer and is married to a law professor. Her prior novels deal with the lives of public defenders and lovers of dogs. ….. My Name is Molly, Anne Levy's Last Case and Dog Days. If you like to read about courtroom drama, the life of lawyers and judges or women trying to succeed this novel is for you.
About the author

Barbara Sattler has been a criminal defense lawyer and a judge for thirty year. She has tried over 75 cases including first degree murder and aiding the IRA. In 2008 she retired and began to write about her experiences. Besides writing she is on two non-profits boards, The Haven, a substance abuse treatment center for women and the Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA) which supports adults and children with rare neurological diseases and funds research. All proceeds of her novels go to the TMA. Barbara lives in Tucson with her husband, Kenney Hegland, who is a law professor and writer and her beloved dogs Toby and Teddy. Her previous novels, My Name is Molly, Anne Levy's Last Case and Dog Days are about criminal defense lawyers.



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