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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

It’s an opportunity to hear about the characters and plot lines that gave birth to Linda Rocker’s best selling novel, “Punishment: A Legal Thriller”

Sunday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Mandel JCC on South Woodland Road, Rocker is the featured speaker for the Jewish Festival of Books. She’ll be reading from her novel and from the sequel “Blame,” and answering your questions.

Don’t miss the chance to ask her about Casey Portman. Is Luke still in the picture?  If the movie rights are sold, who should play Casey?

And why is there all the buzz about bad guys who get away with murder?  If you think you’re a Casey look alike, you can also have your picture taken with the author and get a second book for free.

Finally, if you haven’t read the book, you’ll have an opportunity to buy a signed copy.

See you there


Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

So you had a great time reading Punishment, but is there something beyond a good, fast-paced thriller that Rocker wants you to take away.


Let’s start with a justice system that routinely favors white defendants over minorities, a judiciary that is elected on the basis of ethnicity and name recognition rather than academic or communal credentials, and a “code” of laws and penalties that is sometimes nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt at social engineering.

If you don’t see these threads in the novel, take another look. You can start with women in power (Judges) who must remind attorneys to address them as “your honor” instead of “ma’am.

I suppose I could have opted for a treatise on crime, the courts and the law, but I know I wouldn’t get much of an audience for that. So, I’ve gone for the good read route. I should add that I’ve had a great time writing fiction and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

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Monday, March 12th, 2012

Bench Press-Linda RockerWelcome to the judges lounge at You are invited to join in an ongoing discussion of current cases, issues and judgments that affect the criminal justice in America. These are “gut check” dialogues and you’re not expected to be any more informed or educated on the questions than anyone else.

Lawyers are welcome to participate,as are former defendants or those who have served on a jury in the past.

I look forward to your feedback and thoughts.

May 4, 2012
Stay with me. This may be tedious, but it’s important that you know just what the Florida statute ( Title XLVII, Chapter 776) sets forth that might arguably create a complete defense for George Zimmerman. You all know that the “Stand Your Ground” law permits the use of deadly force when the shooter believes his life is in danger and he opts not to retreat. The only real change from existing law is the retreat question – the obligation that the shooter retreat if that is possible.

Chapter 776 would seem to exclude that defense for Zimmerman as it clearly provides that the “Stand Your Ground” statute doesn’t apply if the shooter is committing a felony or if the shooter “initially provokes the use of force against himself” or if the shooter tries to withdraw and puts the other person on notice. The glitch is the subparagraph that provides the following escape clause for Zimmerman if he can produce evidence to support it: ” The justification [Stand Your Ground is NOT available if you initially provoked it “unless: such force [from Trayvon Martin] is so great that the person [the shooter] reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of death or greatly bodily harm and he has exhausted every reasonable means to escape ..other than the use of force …”

It would appear that Mr. Zimmerman has neatly fitted his account of what happened to the requirements of the statute, but we don’t know yet what his statements to the police on the night in question described as the sequence of events or his state of mind.

Governor Scott has appointed a task force to review Chapter 7 and make recommendations. Predictably, the NRA is lobbying to retain the law as written. Even without the gun lobby’s interference, it seems likely that the highly charged political gloss on the issues, to say nothing of the pending trial, will result in some “cosmetic” but largely insubstantial change to the law.
Post dated April, 2012
It’s tempting to jump into the Trayvon Martin cauldron, which is running very hot just now, but we have too little information to make any judgment about what happened, let alone who bears responsibility.

Sadly, that is not the case with the Sanford Police Department. Nothing that has appeared in print or electronic media to date establishes any effort to make a thorough investigation in what is inarguably a tragic death. A number of known witnesses were not interviewed. The crime scene was not secured. The question of medical involvement at the scene is confusing and the involvement of the State Attorney so early in the investigation is most unusual.

We also have the question of the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida (and a number of other states) that allows anyone to use deadly force if they believe they are in imminent danger of losing their life. The inclusion of the term “reasonable” belief should always require an investigation and presentment to a grand jury without delay, if for no other reason than to evaluate the subjective belief of the person who asserts self-defense.

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Counselors, jurors and all who wish to speak – Here’s where you weigh in