An attempted takeover of a West Virginia penitentiary goes badly, and a violent race riot breaks out among the prison population resulting in multiple injuries and deaths. Successful civil trial lawyer, Jack Fabian, is appointed to represent an indigent African American inmate who is accused of brutally murdering a White inmate during the melee. The lawyer is faced with the dilemma of representing a defendant who has been caught on prison surveillance video committing the act and has no apparent defense. With nothing to lose, Fabian teams up with a psychologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder, to advocate for a "not guilty by reason of insanity" defense for his obviously doomed client.
"Variegated Justice" is a fast-paced, legal, psychological thriller that takes the reader into the world of criminal law, criminal trials, and dissociative identity disorder as a basis for the defense of insanity. The novel gives the reader an in-depth analysis of the condition, its relationship to the law, and the trial of a murder case with insanity as the only available defense.