Edge of Apocalypse: pages 294-295 (Chapter Fifty-One)
The chapter has two segments in it, so I’ll tackle the short front-end here and then do the second part (with Josh Jordan as centerpiece, of course) in a separate post.
Judge Olivia Jenkins was in her chambers bright and early. She flipped open her calendar to see what was pending. She had a full docket. But one case in particular was on her mind. And it would be the first case she would call.
And sure enough, she starts off with that case. The lawyers are there. The judge is there. But not in the courtroom is one Joshua Jordan, and she’s a litle unhappy about that.
“Are you prepared to give this court the whereabouts of Mr. Jordan so he can be served with my bench warrant today?”
“I’m not, Judge.”
“What’s the reason for that?”
“Not anything I can discuss without breaching attorney-client confidentiality.”
“I recognize that,” Judge Jenkins said. “But it could be argued that the oath you took when you were first sworn in to be a lawyer–the oath to uphold our system of justice–is equally important. Maybe more so.”
Are lawyers really allowed to say “Judge” instead of “Your Honor” as a mode of address in a courtroom? I’m starting to wonder if Parshall’s inspiration for Judge Jenkins was Judge Judy.
Also, I don’t know how absolute attorney-client privilege is, but it seems like Parshall is trying to keep going back to the “big bad government stomping over little Joshie” thing. That said, Smythe manages to get an extension on the bench warrant juuust long enough for Josh to do what Packard McHenry (Patrick Henry, indeed! The real one wasn’t a covert agent for a government.) helped him get set up for.
Then she ruled. “Okay. End of business today. But that’s it. No more extensions. No more excuses. Unless there’s been a radical change of circumstances, at that time I will be issuing an order for the immediate apprehension of Joshua Jordan. From that point on he will be treated as a fugitive from justice by the federal government.”
And the iron dictates of the law have now been laid out – as if he hasn’t already been amateurishly trying to hide out in a way that any FBI agent or US Marshal would probably spot in a red-hot minute. This pretty much wraps up the chapter segment and sets the stage for Josh Jordan’s tête-à-tête with his fellow conspirators in getting AmeriNews switched on and live on everybody’s Allfone.