A time to kill

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A Time to Kill
Two white supremacistscome across a 10-year-old black girl named Tonya in rural Mississippi. They violently rape and beat Tonya and dump her in a nearby river after a failed attemptto hang her. She survives and the men are arrested. Word spreads of the brutal rape. Tonya's father, Carl Lee Hailey , seeks out Jake Brigance), an easygoing white lawyer. Carl Lee is worried that themen may be acquitted, due to deep-seated racism in the Mississippi Delta area. Brigance admits the possibility. Hailey acquires an M16 rifle, goes to the county courthouse and opens fire, killing bothrapists and unintentionally injuring Deputy Looney , with a ricochet. Carl Lee is soon arrested without resistance.
Brigance agrees to provide defense for Hailey for a much smaller amount of moneythan such a trial would usually require. He intends to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. The rape and subsequent revenge killing gain national media attention, and the Ku KluxKlan begins to organize in the area. A brother of one of the dead rapists, Freddie Lee Cobb, calls Brigance and his family with death threats and organizes the formation of a Klan chapter in thecounty. The district attorney, Rufus Buckley , decides to seek the death penalty. Presiding Judge Omar Noose denies Jake a change of venue. Jake seeks help for his defense team from sleazy divorce lawyerand close friend Harry Rex Vonner . He seeks guidance from long-time liberal activist Lucien Wilbanks , a once great civil rights lawyer who was disbarred for violence on a picket line. Jake'ssecretary, Ethel, is wary of the racially explosive case.
Jake's attraction to Roark grows, and they nearly begin an affair before Jake regains his wits and goes home - to find that arsonists have burneddown his house. The next morning, Jake sits on the still-smoking steps of his house and meets with Harry Rex, who says it is time to quit the case. Jake refuses, saying that to quit now would make his...
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