She looked out at the courtroom, pleasant but unsmiling.
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are about to begin a trial alleging medical malpractice. I will explain that to the jurors, but first I want to establish some ground rules, especially for the spectators—and I see we have a full house today.
“You are here to listen and, for a few, perhaps to learn, but not to participate. I do not tolerate clapping, cheering, or any other disturbance in my courtroom. If anyone creates a disturbance, I will ask the bailiff to escort him or her out of the courtroom. If there is a general disturbance, I will have the courtroom cleared of spectators.”
She waited a moment and then smiled. “As long as you follow my rules, we are pleased to have you here. (p. 41) Malpractice! the Novel
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Genre – Steamy Courtroom Drama
Rating – R
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