What Happens When the Intended Victim of a Violent Crime Takes Justice Into Their Own Hands?
ALBANY, NEW YORK – On the phone with her daughter, Karen McCann, played by Sally Field, becomes the only witness to the brutal rape and murder of her eldest daughter is the blockbuster 1996 film “Eye for an Eye.” The story of a justice system that protected the wrong person and let a killer walk free, “Eye for an Eye” brought the debate about ordinary citizens and their right to own guns. The reality is that the American justice system is a dark place to operate in, often catering to the perpetrators of violent crimes instead of the victims.
Justice Rendered 2000 (now available from 1stBooks Library) is a collection of powerful true stories that prove to the reader that bad things do happen to good people, but that does not mean we can’t do something to protect ourselves. Dedicated to all people who believe in the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Justice Rendered puts names and faces to ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances and refused to let evil win.
Compiling the stories that make up Justice Rendered was no easy task. Many of the people involved in these crimes live in daily fear of retribution for simply protecting themselves. To protect them, author Scotty Phillips has changed the names of the victims, the location of the crimes, and, in some cases, some of the facts of the case in order to protect the victims from the cruelty of the “system.”
Scotty Phillips was raised in the small town of Adel, Georgia, near the Florida State line. After retiring with twenty years of military service, he returned to the civilian sector and gained employment in the finance collection business. Having spent endless hours in courtrooms handling litigation in lawsuits, he quickly became disturbed in witnessing testimonies from crime victims as the told their horrifying accounts. He became even more disturbed as he questioned why many of these victim’s stories were never told (or refused to be told) by the mass media. Compelled to have their stories told, he invested countless hours of research in gathering each victim’s account of that tragic event that changed their lives forever.
Justice Rendered is Phillips first book and was inspired by a devastating crime involving close family friends. He says, “The events of the crime were a wake-up call of the cold, hard facts of what can happen to all of us if we must defend ourselves. When a victim wins the gun battle, the costly legal battle from civil suits may turn the tables of a short-lived victory. You’ll find the law may not be on your side.”
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