John N. Rupp


The book is about a libel case tried to a jury in the Superior Court for Okanogan County, Washington. You will not find it in the law reports, for it was not appealed. It ended twenty-one years ago, so it is an old case. Yet in the author's mind it is as fresh as the dawn breeze; and, as the wine people say, it has cellared well. The author is a good man and good lawyer who was lead counsel for the plaintiff. He takes us through the background facts and through the fascinating detail of the many tough decisions that daily went into the preparation and the trial. He tells us of the jury verdict for the plaintiff and of the elation that accompanied it; and then he relates the strange irony that resulted in the verdict's having to be set aside.

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