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Theodore Boone is a very well-connected 13-year-old. With big dreams of an exciting career as a courtroom lawyer, Theo has gotten his dreams started early. He knows most of the judges and lawyers, as well as many of the police officers and people who work in the courthouse in his small town of Strattenburg. Theo loves to spend time in the courtroom watching trials, but when a dangerous murderer goes on trial, Theo might be in over his head. Theo becomes interested in the murder trial of Myra Duffy. The defendant is Myra’s husband, Mr. Peter Duffy. Two years before the murder, Mr. Duffy bought a dual policy life insurance. According to this policy, one partner would collect one million dollars in the event of the untimely death of the other partner. The prosecution’s theory was that Mr. Duffy murdered his wife to collect the million dollars in life insurance because his business was doing badly and was close to bankruptcy. At the start of the trial, the prosecution had a weak case with few witnesses. As the trial proceeded, the case seemed to get weaker, until Theo discovered a key witness. Theo’s school friend, Julio, told him that his cousin was a potential witness in the case. While Julio’s cousin was on his lunch break at Waverly Creek Golf Course, he saw a man speed down the course in his golf cart and enter a house. Before he turned the door knob to enter the house, Julio’s cousin noticed that the man was wearing a white golf glove on his left hand. This was normal because he was a right-handed golfer, but the unusual part was that before he entered the house, he pulled out a white glove and put it onto his right hand. He came out a little over a minute later. Theo knew this was important because he learned at the trial that an autopsy found that Myra Duffy had been choked. A doctor also testified that it would only take thirty seconds of firm pressure for a person to lose consciousness, and that in thirty more seconds death by strangulation would result.Theo knew that what Julio's cousin saw was important, and he realized that this information could shove them right into the middle of the verdict of the Duffy trial. At first Theo promised Julio and his cousin that he wouldn’t tell anyone, which he didn’t, until Julio brought him one more crucial piece of evidence from his cousin. Julio’s cousin had found Mr. Duffy’s golf gloves and gave them to Theo. Theo finally brought this information to his uncle Ike, who brought it to his parents, who then brought it to Judge Gantry, who declared a mistrial so that the case could be started over with this new information. Theo was a hero.
TheodoreBoone: Kid LawyerBy John Grisham
By: Will Florio