A Matter of Conviction by Evan Hunter

Description: After three teenage hoods stab blind Puerto Rican Roberto Escalante, assistant DA Hank Bell is tasked with prosecuting the case. He’s looking for convictions for first degree murder for all three of the boys, even 15 year-old Danny DiPace, son of his old girlfriend, Mary DiPace. He grew up in the neighborhood and investigates the case with Lt. Gunderson. He learns that Escalante may have pulled a knife and was actually one of the leaders of the Puerto Rican gang that fought regularly with their Italian opponents. Bell’s wife is upset at the prospect that he’s seeking the death penalty for kids and he thinks she’s just a liberal living in her own little perfect world. As he gathers more evidence however, he begins to see that it’s all far more complex than it first appeared. He pursues justice in the case – Written by garykmcd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4ylI…

Evan Hunter is better known as Ed Mcbain. The start of this had me thinking of those finger clicks from West Side Story

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