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Defending A Serial Killer
Defending A Serial Killer

Defending A Serial Killer

The Right To Counsel

By Jim Potts, Edited by Lindy Ryan


280 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: July 2021

ISBN 9781645480358

Rights: WOR

Vesuvian Books (Jul 2021)


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This true story about Potts, a black lawyer who travels the nation speaking on domestic terrorism, is in development for a TV series  

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States guarantee the right against self-incrimination, the right to remain silent, and the right to counsel. A crime wave swept California in the late 1970s. Several young girls were abducted, raped, and murdered. Michael Dee Mattson was convicted of these crimes and sentenced to death.Law clerk by day, family man by night. In 1982, Jim Potts—a brilliant, idealistic, African American law student—is honored when one of his professors recruits him to assist in writing a death penalty appeal on behalf of a serial killer. Potts discovers a loophole in the case that had somehow been overlooked. One that could not only get Mattson off death row, but once presented to the Supreme Court of California, could release him to rape and murder again. When Potts confides in his pregnant wife, she says if Mattson goes free, their marriage is over. But if Potts quits the case, or withholds information, he violates his duty to client and Constitution and risks his career before it even begins.A moral dilemma with no good way out. To avoid losing his family and releasing pure evil back into the world, Potts must be smarter than his options. He must find a way to keep his family together, fulfill his duties, and keep Mattson behind bars.But can he?


"Potts has captured the personal conflicts and shared commitment to the rule of law in a precedent-setting trial of a stone cold serial killer, revealing many insightful details I never new existed and it was my case!" Pat Dingle, former Homicide Detective N. Las Vegas Police Department One of Phil Spector's defense team's lawyers familiar with "Defending A Serial Killer: The Right To Counsel" stated; "A brisk, captivating read for lawyers and layman alike."

Author Biography

Jim Potts, JD is a lawyer and author with a B.A. and Juris Doctorate Degree. He is also a twenty-year member of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department with the rank of Captain. Jim has a national client base that represents thousands of managers and employees, and his blog, "Listen Up!" has fans in over 55 countries.