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For more than twenty-five years Marissa Batt has tried cases “for the People” in every one of the thirty-five courtrooms at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles, cases ranging from rape and sodomy to armed robbery and murder. Here is a side of life few ever see or hear about, the brutal street crime in the underbelly of the big city that doesn’t register anywhere except the police blotter. Despite her years immersed in violence and its concomitant pain and suffering, Marissa has never become hardened or jaded. She has an unshakable belief that justice prevails, whether it happens inside or outside a courtroom. “You may think you know the justice system,” she writes, “because you read the papers, listen to the radio, and watch television. But what you get is information that is filtered, distorted, and incomplete.”
In these pages the reader will get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but, as the deputy D.A. presents the three…[more]