Judge Morrison sat slumped in his comfortable old chair before the fire. It was the first time in his life he could honestly say he didn’t know which way a case would go. And this one mattered. His niece was charged with the attempted murder of her ex. He knew without a doubt she couldn’t wouldn’t have done such a thing. What’s more, when Michael woke, he’d say the same thing.

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Judge Morrison sat slumped in his comfortable old chair before the fire.  It was the first time in his life he could honestly say he didn’t know which way a case would go.  And this one mattered since it was his niece and she had been charged with the attempted murder of her ex. The judge knew without a doubt she couldn’t wouldn’t have done such a thing.  What’s more, when Michael woke, he’d say the same thing. 

They hadn’t parted as a result of hatred animosity or disgust with one another and in fact, he’d say they were still very much in love, but they’d finally parted as a result of family pressure, particularly from Annette’s father who delighted in stirring up as much trouble and controversy for Michael as possible and had from the moment he’d laid eyes on him. The judge still couldn’t figure out why.  After doing some digging himself and found Michael’s character above reproach which was even more perplexing.    

Having worked in the judicial system for forty years, he knew or had run into nearly every lawyer at one time or another.  He’d witnessed their antics, the lengths they’d go to win a case and some were borderline criminal themselves and he’d call them on it whenever possible.

Michael Maddison was above reproach and won his cases fairly honestly and with integrity.  It’s why Annette was drawn to him from the beginning.  They were compatible on many fronts and it had shocked him that they’d separated and more so when he understood the reason. 

Well, he had an ace in his pocket, a friend, a detective of the first order who he had hired to take on the case and find out what really happened and who was ultimately responsible for the attack.  It wasn’t random and it wasn’t a shakedown.  Nothing had been taken, he’d been attacked on his way home from court and he hadn’t been prepared, hadn’t seen it coming, indeed why would he?

He had faith Mason Fredericks would find the answers; he was an exceptional investigator and Judge Morrison was awaiting his arrival and the results of what he’d discovered.  Not only was he hoping for good news on that front but he was praying Michael would wake up whole and able to tell them what happened and add credence to the truth. 

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  1. Gary Wilson: comments
    “… a case would go. And this one mattered …” –> “.. a case would go and this case mattered…”
    “His niece was charged…” –> “His niece, Annette, was charged …” to help us not get lost.
    “murder of her ex –> “murder of her ex-husband, Michael.”
    “What’s more, when Michael woke, he’d say the same thing. ” –> “Judge Morrison was positive, if and when when Michael woke from his coma, he’d say the same thing.” A judge would be more legally accurate.

    This next sentence confused me. “Well, he had an ace in his pocket, a friend, a detective of the first order who he had hired to take on the case and find out what really happened and who was ultimately responsible for the attack”. Is the narrator still narrating or is the judge thinking to himself? Did the judge hire this detective who was somehow ultimately now known to be the one responsible? If the judge now knows this, does both counsels somehow not know because the case is proceeding or perhaps the evidence against the detective is not really strong enough? No, this sentence needs to be clarified.

    oh – the next sentence helps: Mason is the detective and “and who” is not referring to the detective, but some unknown attacker but now we also know that Michael was attacked at the court house

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