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By Richard North Patterson

On a chilly day in January President Kerry Kilcannon takes the oath of office-- and inside of days makes his first, most crucial circulation: appointing a brand new leader Justice of the very best courtroom. Kilcannon's selection is a feminine pass judgement on with a super list. And a mystery.

While the Senate spars over Caroline Masters' nomination, an inflammatory abortion rights case is making its means towards the judge--and will explode into the headlines. unexpectedly, the main divisive factor in the USA turns the President's nomination into all-out warfare. And from pass judgement on Masters to a conservative, war-hero senator dealing with a problem of judgment of right and wrong and a fifteen-year-old woman combating for her destiny, nobody might be safe. safeguard and Defend takes us on a riveting trip among what's criminal, what's correct . . . and the cost of eventually realizing the variation.

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Tierney clasped his fingers in seeming ache. “I’m the following as a legal professional, in addition to a father. Margaret and that i are asking for depart to interfere in those lawsuits. ” Alarmed, Sarah grew to become to the pass judgement on. “I sympathize along with your concerns,” Leary advised Martin Tierney. “But in response to your daughter’s announcement, Ms. sprint speaks for her. ” “But who speaks for our grandchild? ” Tierney requested. “No one. ” “That’s no longer true,” Sarah acknowledged. “The usa division of Justice represents your standpoint. ” Tierney mounted her together with his translucent gaze. “Our grandson isn't a ‘point of view. ’ If he have been introduced right away, he might reside outdoor the womb. ” Turning to Leary, he stated, “Ms. sprint is looking the court docket to take an blameless existence. We’re asking to be appointed guardians advert litem to the unborn baby, with the precise to behave in his security: to name witnesses, to make argument, and differently do every thing in our strength to save lots of him. ” This was once Sarah’s worst fear—a listening to within which her opponent was once no longer the Justice division, yet humans conversing with the authority of oldsters and the fervour of precise believers. “With all respect,” she acknowledged to Leary, “a child with those defects is not likely to reside at all—now or later. The Tierneys can absolutely convey their matters as witnesses. yet as events, they’re not just pointless but—despite their most sensible intentions—will necessarily inflame those court cases and deepen their very own daughter’s trauma. are you able to think a father cross-examining his baby? ” “Who larger? ” Tierney requested quietly. “By what authority do you communicate for, and to, our daughter—to the exclusion of the 2 those who have enjoyed her on account that sooner than she used to be born, and may proceed to like her whilst you’ve vanished from her existence? Having pursued the ‘best pursuits’ of a woman you’ve identified for 2 weeks. “I’m convinced you suggest good, Ms. sprint. however the conceitedness of these who think as you do by no means fails to provoke me. and not greater than now, if you happen to take a seat around the desk from mom and dad, and inform them that, within the identify in their daughter, you suggest to bar them from a continuing you’ve initiated to safe the dying in their grandchild. ” Sarah grew to become to Leary in protest. “Your Honor …” Leary held up his hand. “I’ve heard sufficient, Ms. sprint. this isn't a visitation case, and Mary Ann Tierney is, herself, nonetheless a toddler lower than the legislation. I’m granting the Tierneys depart to intrude on behalf of the unborn baby. ” The swiftness of occasions jarred Sarah additional. “May I ask something, Your Honor? I’d prefer to comprehend from Mr. Tierney and Mr. Rabinsky how they got here to be right here an hour after I gave realize to the Justice division. particularly, who trained them of the case? ” “Does it topic? ” Leary requested. “Yes. It means that an individual is attempting to make this situation as worrying for my consumer as they potentially can. i will be able to in basic terms wish it’s no longer the Justice division. ” The younger attorney seemed affronted. “You have been inquiring for a TRO this afternoon. I contacted the Tierneys to testify, if precious. ” “And whom did you touch? ” Sarah requested Tierney.

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