The Runaway Jury by John Grisham Essay

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The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

Takes place in Biloxi, Mississippi.


Nicholas Easter – (real name is Jeff Kerr) Juror that was a plant on the jury. He and his girlfriend Marlee had money motives. Nicholas molded the jury from day one to vote his way.

Marlee – (aka Claire Clement - real name is Gabrielle Brant) Nicholas Easter's accomplice on the outside of the courtroom.

Rankin Fitch - Ran the show of high-priced lawyers and consultants for the defendant, Pynex (tobacco co.). Directed all the illegal proceedings going on outside the courtroom for the defendant.

Durwood Cable - Head lawyer for the defendant team.

Wendal Rohr – Plaintiff's, Mrs. Jacob Wood, head lawyer.

Judge Frederick Harkin - the
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Durwood Cable tried to prove that smoking did not give Mr. Wood his lung cancer and he had his own experts and statistics. Nicholas Easter's job was to sway the verdict one way or another to the side with the deepest pockets. In other words the side that paid him the most. All of the time it was the tobacco companies that had the most money. They had never lost a case yet and they weren't about to lose this one and Nicholas knew this. He would make them pay big for a sure verdict.

Nicholas and Marlee had to get Fitch's attention to let him know that there was someone working on the jury and outside and they could make his life miserable or quite pleasant. This was Marlee's job. She left Fitch a note telling him what clothes Nicholas was going to wear the next day. Fitch knew he had to investigate Nicholas deeper. He hired Doyle, a private eye, to search Nicholas' apartment. He found nothing of interest and couldn't get into Nicholas computer. It had a sophisticated security system. When Nicholas came home he went directly to his computer. What Doyle didn't know is that Nicholas had surveillance cameras hidden throughout his apt. and now the tape, which was on the computer, with him breaking and entering, was there for Nicholas to use to get what he wanted.

Meanwhile, Nicholas was getting the jurors trust. They started to look to him for information and advice. He told them that at one point he was a

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