I spent my adolescent years in Philadelphia where I became a Phillies fan and saw my first game with my dad at the age of six. That green infield has mesmerized me ever since. I moved to New Jersey and attended Cherry Hill High School. I got my B.A. at Rutgers College and a masters degree in 1968 from Farleigh Dickinson University. I taught one year at Glen Ridge High School and then two years at Cherry Hill East where I taught Human Behavioral Patterns. After attending Rutgers Law I joined the Camden County Prosecutors' Office in New Jersey for 30 years. I prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including 25 homicide trials for Camden County. One of my cases, which was one of the first trials in the country for the attempted use of HIV-infected blood as a weapon, was covered on Court TV. I also appeared on Court TV in the trial of a Cherry Hill, NJ rabbi charged with murdering his wife I became a partner in the defense firm of Helmer, Paul, Conley and Kasselman in 2005. I understand and appreciate the roles of both the prosecution and the defense in the legal process. I decided to write my novel after I watched a Phillies and Mets game in 2010 and saw the Mets reaction to a take-out slide by Chase Utley of the Phillies towards Rueben Tejada the Mets shortstop. There had been bad blood between the two teams since 2007. I began to fear for Utley and the genesis for my novel soon followed. What would happen in today's society if a manager ordered his pitcher to intentionally try to disable an opposing batter with a pitch? What if the pitch turned into a lethal bean ball? Would the victim's family or the press demand a criminal investigation? If so, what would be the appropriate charge? If there were criminal charges, what impact would that have for the way the game of baseball is played? Would pitchers be fearful of throwing high and inside pitches? Would they fear that a prosecutor would be watching over their shoulder? Wou
A Pitch for Justice: A Legal Thriller
by Harold Kasselman
Have you ever watched a baseball game where tempers escalated and you feared that retaliation by one side could result in an incident with serious injury? What would happen if a player were critically injured in such a circumstance? What if the unthinkable occured and the player died? Is it just a tragic part of the game? Or could it...
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