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Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 0. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Overview Los Angeles attorney Vernetta Henderson is on a high. She's just pulled off the biggest victory of her career. And before she can come down, it's about to get even better.
Vernetta is assigned to represent a temperamental socialite accused of brutally stabbing her rich husband to death at the swank Ritz-Carlton hotel. That's when Vernetta's exhilaration plunges into dread. Vernetta and Neddy butt heads from day one. Neddy, an older, more experienced lawyer, is embroiled in a bitter divorce, which is only one reason her lips are always ziplocked into a frown. Their client, Tina Montgomery, an elegant woman of privilege, is incensed that she's on trial for a vicious murder.
She demands that her lawyers right the wrong. Neddy is not sympathetic when Vernetta confides that she thinks Tina Montgomery may indeed be guilty as charged. Neddy has always considered guilt or innocence an irrelevant aspect of defense work. In the meantime, Jefferson, Vernetta's new husband, is eager to start a family — a venture Vernetta would prefer to postpone. These pressures force Vernetta to turn to her best friend, Special, for both advice and comic relief.
Once the trial gets underway, Vernetta and Neddy must take on Julie Killabrew, a hot-shot prosecutor who considers every loss a personal affront. Julie takes great pleasure in making life as difficult as possible for both Vernetta and Neddy. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women finally close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the roadblocks of trial, the pain of betrayal, and pressures neither could have imagined.
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Stock Image. And those statutes were designed to protect children.
So in many states are not looking at how old you were when you did it or the circumstances, they are looking literally, you are in possession of child pornography. If you take a selfie of yourself, you are in possession of child pornography. And sending it to someone is distributing child pornography. And girls and boys alike are being prosecuted for this crime. LB : Are there not enough adult criminals for them to be prosecuting? Now, indeed, there have been some pretty tragic circumstances of teen sexting where may be prosecution was appropriate.
Now there are some cases where action is warranted. But the reality is that the laws just have not caught up with technology. Where living in a different time. Where living in a different time, and the laws have stayed static. LB : While this is fascinating, I also want to talk about the book itself. So Abuse of Discretion also has two strong female attorneys working together. The series is very different from your other one in that the male voices are also given prominence.
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Graylin Alexander, which is the main protagonist, is a model year-old and he finds himself with a picture of a classmate and finds himself embroiled in the juvenile justice system. His father is just kind of incensed that this whole thing is taking place. He had a naked picture on his phone, why is he being treated like a criminal? And he goes full-bore to protect himself and the people he loves.
So every chapter, every story is very immediate and raw. PSY : And I loved doing it that way. I remember reading a couple books that were done this way and I thought, oh my god, I love that! Can I pull it off? I got really good feedback about it. So I love writing that way. And they jointly defend the case.
And really the story is also about them coming together and bonding on behalf of Graylin in the end. Because I had no idea before I started writing this book that under the law, the juvenile client is the client. Not the parent. And that was something that Angela and Jenny definitely bumped heads on.
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The police do not have to stop the questioning. PSY : Exactly. I love that. LB : One of the things you talk about we talk about those intimate photos that can be sexted from teen to teen, that intimate photos can also end up in the hands of human traffickers. PSY: Exactly. So this is really something that, as a society, we need to clamp down on.
But one of my frustrations about this whole thing is that we want to prosecute these kids, and yet we raise them in a very sexualized society. I grew up with Lucy and Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy sleeping in separate beds, or The Brady Bunch in the same bed but not seeing the level of sexuality that our kids grow up with. When I learned that gangs were actually involved in trafficking children, I was stunned. And the more I researched and dug into the problem, I was stunned at how massive the problem of child sex trafficking is in the United States.
I wanted to write about it. Secondly, many jurisdictions, not all, are treating trafficked children as victims not as criminals. Because in the past, as much of a couple of years ago, an underage girl who is picked up for soliciting prostitution is prosecuted and treated like a criminal as opposed to a victim. She is a sexually exploited child. PSY : Yes, yes, yes! These books need to be in the hands of teens. Which a year-old suggested that I add the hashtag. LB : I think all books have the power to change the lives of the people who read them.
Mysteries in particular are a really good place for that. LB: Well, the Vernetta Henderson series in particular is great fun to read because there are so many of the books, there are five of them right now, right?
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