THE MERCY OF THE COURT by Monica E. Porter


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The problem of delinquency confronts Judge Andrew Evans of Elm City, Michigan, and the sentence he will impose on young Robert Heberman, guilty of an armed robbery attempt, gives him a chance to salvage a life- at the expense of his own. For Evans has been tapped to run in an election for the Supreme Court- but a lenient sentence for Heberman, at a time when the community is aroused against teen age misdemeanours, will antagonize public sentiment. As the facts are brought in on Heberman and his home-a drinking father, a lying mother- the Judge cannot help but feel that this boy has never had a chance, and writing off his own hopes and ambitions, he gives it to him.... A topical trouble zone, toned down, and the stereotypes of character and conflict will not stir up much interest.

Publisher: Norton