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Presumed Innocent By Scott Turow Essay

658 words - 3 pages

The chief deputy prosecuting attorney is Rusty Sabich, the protagonist and narrator. He is quickly described as talented, intelligent, and not a fool, but loyal to his boss, Raymond Horgan, who is running for reelection. Horgan is described as a sharp and self-interested politician but also a highly capable attorney, which Rusty admires. They have worked together for twelve years. Rusty has a wife, Barbara, and a son, Nat. He loves them both but is having obstacles with his wife, especially since his affair with a coworker, Carolyn Polhemus, who now has been murdered apparently by a rapist. It becomes clear that Rusty is a caring, sensitive and honest but yet also can be manipulative and secretive when necessary while doing his job. His character has a light side and a dark side that becomes prevalent as the book progresses. His attraction and emotions toward the novels murder victim also affects him. Following her ...view middle of the document...

Rusty's personal life at home and his out-of-court investigations continue in the preceding chapters that alternate with the courtroom scenes, a good strategy that moves the plot forward even as ample space for further development of Rusty's personality and background. A kind of subplot involving a law enforcement corruption case is pursued by Rusty and Lipranzer throughout much of the book because of its potential to shed light on the murder of Carolyn. The development of this subplot causes the number of murder suspects to widen even as the case against Rusty becomes increasingly weaker. Larren Lyttle is the presiding judge at Rusty's trial. A former partner in a law firm with Raymond Horgan, he remains one of Horgan's best friends. An extremely imposing figure, he treats reporters well and has the gift of reining in a jury with his personality. A former defense attorney, he likes to joke in court at the expense of the prosecution and is not above referring to race as a way of bonding with black defendants who wait their turn to face the bench. During the trial, Lyttle displays a nuanced understanding of the law coupled with a fearless penchant to protect defendants against unfair attacks by the prosecution. He can be scathing and preemptory in his judgments. The story has both a light and dark side with the main character Rusty Sabich and him clearing his name in the rape and murder of Carolyn Polhemus but as the story progresses it becomes apparent it’s not as clear as just convicting Sabich.Later on in the story Rusty’s longtime friend and upstanding police officer Lipranzer suspects that Rusty’s wife Barbara framed him for the murder during her crazed state of mind with her knowing Rusty cheated on her with Carolyn. Not all the characters adhered to ethical standards, medical examiner Tatsuo Kumagi did not adhere to proper practices ad messed up an autopsy once before. .The whole story is seemingly a story of deception and involves many players. Rusty never admitted to murder and is aquitted and nobody is convicted in the murder of Carolyn Polhemus and the reader is left with many speculations but the main question remains and that is “who done it”.

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