The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Takes place in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Nicholas Easter – (real name is Jeff Kerr) Juror that was a plant on the jury. He and his girlfriend Marlee had money motives. Nicholas molded the jury from day one to vote his way.
Marlee – (aka Claire Clement - real name is Gabrielle Brant) Nicholas Easter's accomplice on the outside of the courtroom.
Rankin Fitch - Ran the show of high-priced lawyers and consultants for the defendant, Pynex (tobacco co.). Directed all the illegal proceedings going on outside the courtroom for the defendant.
Durwood Cable - Head lawyer for the defendant team.
Wendal Rohr – Plaintiff's, Mrs. Jacob Wood, head lawyer.
Judge Frederick Harkin - the presiding justice for this case.
This story was about how two very smart and focused individuals who could manipulate a jury and the defense team in a multi-million dollar legal battle to receive a very large cash payment. The defense was Pynex, a tobacco company, and they had very deep pockets and were willing to pay for the correct verdict. A verdict for not guilty.
The story starts with the very laborious job of jury selection. The tobacco industry has on their payroll a man by the name of Rankin Fitch. Fitch foresees the selection of the lawyers and consultants. Fitch and the consultants foresee the selection of the jurors. Each perspective juror is investigated and watched. The defense as well as the plaintiffs want to secure a verdict so they only want jurors sympathetic to their side. Fitch along with Rohr, the plaintiff's lawyer, also had high priced detectives tailing perspective jurors. Anyone who was the least bit wrong for their cause had to be eliminated from the process.
One person both sides couldn't find any information on was Nicholas Easter. He seemed rather neutral which is good for both sides but not being able to find out his past made them nervous. Nicholas had covered his tracks rather well along with Marlee his accomplice. The two of them wanted Nicholas on that jury for personal as well as monetary reasons. Their hard work was paid off because Nicholas along with eleven other people was selected as the jurors.
The case had to do with Mr. Jacob Wood. He died in his early fifties from lung cancer. The plaintiff was trying to prove that the lung cancer was directly caused from smoking. Wendall Rohr's first witness was Jacob Wood on video sitting on his deathbed. There were many experts on lung cancer and doctors with statistics. Durwood Cable tried to prove that smoking did not give Mr. Wood his lung cancer and he had his own experts and statistics. Nicholas Easter's job was to sway the verdict one way or another to the side with the deepest pockets. In other words the side that paid him the most. All of the time it was the tobacco companies that had the most money. They had never lost a case yet and they weren't about to lose this one and Nicholas knew this. He...