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Stains On The Gavel a book

A follow-up to Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime by Charles W. Massie

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A Great Follow-up to the First Book!

  • Oct 10, 2013

When Mr. Massie offered me a reviewer copy "Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime" I decided to give it a chance and was thoroughly engrossed in the tale for a week!  Mark Casey (Mr. Massie) was "suckered" into a relationship by a "black widow" and then left to rot in jail for something he didn't do.  Now this new book comes along and though I definately wanted to read it, I felt it couldn't be as good as the first.  I was so wrong!

This book details Mark's fight to get an "uncarring" Kentucky justice system to try to listen to him and go after Roxie (the woman who set him up) while they keep shuffling him around from on jail facility to another.  On top of that Mark suffers from a leg condition that requires frequent rests and a heart condition requiring he have nitro glycerin pills (they keep taking them from him) and nobody cares about his medical woes.

Like the first book, what makes this one work is the author's amazing writing style where the reader feels they are actually Mark Casey, experiencing what he is experiencing and feeling both his emotional and physical pain.  Through everything Mark never gives up hope and refuses to ever accept blame for something he didn't do. 

One thing I will say is that Mark does sometimes have temper issues and some of his woes are caused by them (his slapping of Roxy in the first book, his mouthing off against Bubba the prison guard, his nasty letter about a judge).  But then again when an innocent is pushed to the brink with nothing but his Bible to fall back on some of this is understandable.

It is highly recommended that the reader begin with the first book but not absolutely necessary since the author recaps a lot of the important aspects of the first book here.

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October 13, 2013
love true crime....I think they should make movies out of them all the time.
October 10, 2013
Thanks for sharing!
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The nightmare began in July of 2009.

Mark Casey was arrested for crimes he did not commit. Now the battle begins between Mark and the good ‘ol boys of Kentucky.

The odyssey that began for the main character in Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime, continues in Stains on the Gavel. This is book two of the ’Blue Grass’ Series, and details what some might call, Kentucky Injustice.

Mark’s highly paid lawyer thinks he is innocent. So do all his friends and family. Even the people in the community of Burkesville, Kentucky, with whom he has had dealings while frequenting some of the local establishments agree that what has happened to Mark sounds like a setup.

The lawyer for Mark’s defense has a track record of winning big lawsuits. This particular case is a big deal for a little rural town, where nothing much ever happens.

The Prosecution has virtually no evidence against Mark and the case is built on speculation. And it's looking like an acquittal is the logical outcome.

But remember, this is southern Kentucky, where the rules are sometimes made up on the fly, and money as always, carries a lot of weight. Our character is about to find that even in the bible-belt, not everybody lives by the Golden Rule, and sometimes personal gain can outweigh the obvious call for justice.

Stains on the Gavel starts up on the day of Mark’s jury trial and sequentially details the actions and reactions of the characters involved. This true story is ...
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