Saturday, May 15, 2010

House Rules - Chapter 6 (pgs 242-292)

In Case 6: Bite Me, Ted Bundy is convicted because a very thorough CSI measured bite marks on a victims buttocks in a photograph which was used in the trial years later. I think this maybe be foreshadowing that Rich finds some detail in Jacob's stuff that he confiscated that exonerates Jacob, or Oliver learns some detail from Emma about Jacob that helps him win Jacob's trial.

I think Jacob would have known about the Luminol reaction with hemoglobin that will make blood fluorescent in the dark. The comment later in that section about getting a print off a porous surface seems to indicate that Jacob knows more about forensic science than the average CSI.

"So why do you make me feel so small?" From the comment on the pink index card hit home for me. I was bullied badly as a young girl. I remember all too well how it felt to feel complete alone in a crowd of my peers.

I'm not liking Rich too much. I get him, I think. He means well. He wants to do his job well. But he's not coming across as a kind person. I think he could be nicer if he wanted and make this easier on Emma and Jacob. It seems like he tries a little. I think deep down his instinct knows that Jacob isn't a killer.

Jacob could probably well go to law school, ace it, and pass the bar with a perfect score. But he'd make a lousy lawyer in the courtroom. I suppose he practice some type of dense boring law for corporations that would never require him to leave his office but earn him mega money.

The state of Vermont does not sound like a good place for an innocent mentally disabled defendant to stand trial for a criminal case. Winning with an insanity defense will likely send Jacob to a mental hospital. I still cannot believe that no one, not even Emma or Theo, has asked Jacob what happened exactly.

Clue - When Oliver tells Jacob his best defense is an affirmative defense, Jacob lights up and says defense of another person. (pg 264) Oliver asks him who and Jacob quote a movie. Oliver then moves to asking Jacob about using an insanity defense. But who was Jacob defending when Jess died? Could Jacob have been trying to keep Jess from doing something to protect a third person or herself?

Emma quits her job. Theo finds out just how little money the family has. He wants to earn money to help out.

I like Oliver. I wish he were a better and/or more experience lawyer, for Jacob's sake, but I like him. He's a good guy. He has a dog, which he totes in his jacket to keep warm. He gets the certain colored foods on a certain day. He wants to help Jacob to the best ends that he can. He likes Emma. Maybe Emma could like him. She probably much older than him. I don't think he will care. I think it could bother her. I think he'd be good with Jacob. He could get Jacob.


Shirley said...

I wonder too which man will win out--Rich or Oliver. It is certainly to her advantage that she is apparently attractive and is able to attract both the sheriff and the attorney.

The part I liked best about this chapter was the favorable spin it gives on homeschooling. I homeschooled my kids several years (6th through high school for my oldest; 4th to 8th for my middle child; and 1st to 8th for my youngest). Although we didn't homeschool because of the negative aspects of socialization, that did wind up being something we all appreciated. Rather than being stuck in a school system with disrespectful students and teachers, homeschoolers have more control over their social interactions. It is true that some could become too isolated, I think that the negative impact on people from school socialization is far underrated. Although schools may be good for the popular kids, I think that for those that aren't (especially from fifth grade or so on up until college)being away from the school environment is generally positive.

I enjoy reading the possible tie-ins of the case histories to the book, but I haven't spent much time trying to relate them to the chapter itself. I realize that I should take better notes since my memory cells are failing me.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Shirley, thanks for the information about homeschooling and the negative impact on some children from school socialization. I didn't have the option of homeschooling, as I had to work (single mother, after the divorce) and it wasn't something we heard about in the 1960s and early 1970s. When did homeschooling "take off" in the United States? Wasn't it later than that?

alisonwonderland said...

I like Oliver a lot. Both his joke about Jacob drinking Coke on White Food Day and his giving Emma a Milky Way "just in case you want to sneak it in before Brown Thursday" endear him to me.

Shirley said...

Homeschooling seemed to be increasing a lot in the 1990's in the United States. It seemed to be growing every year while we were homeschooling. Once my kids completed homeschooling, I haven't kept up reading on it except for tidbits now and then. I'm thankful we were able to homeschool. Lots of good memories.