Chapter 13 Summary

Along with five hundred others, Lianne is summoned for jury duty. She learns the trial is for a lawyer accused of “aiding the cause of terrorism.” Lianne completes the forty-five-page questionnaire with a combination of truths, half-truths, and gentle lies. She is juror 121 but is dismissed because of her questionnaire, and she is unsure whether the truths or the lies got her dismissed. She has been offered books on terrorism and related subjects to edit, and she wonders now why she had once been so desperate to immerse herself in such things so near the event’s happening and with the sound of Middle Eastern music playing incessantly in the hallway below her. As the trial progresses, a female lawyer defends a blind sheik but...

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