New Book: Jim Potts’ ‘Defending a Serial Killer: The Right to Counsel’ Available Now

Available now from Vesuvian Books is a new novel from Jim Potts called Defending a Serial Killer: The Right to Counsel.


In 1982, ambitious law student Jim Potts was recruited to assist in writing a death penalty appeal for notorious convicted serial killer, Michael Dee Mattson. In DEFENDING A SERIAL KILLER: THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL [Vesuvian Books, July 20, 2021], Potts shares his experience and the moral and ethical challenges attorneys face in fulfilling their duties to defend a client.

Charged with the kidnapping, rape, and murder of several young girls in California and Nevada, Mattson’s appeal was based on a violation of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, which guarantee the right against self-incrimination. When Potts—a brilliant, idealistic, African American law student—is recruited by his professor to assist in writing a death penalty appeal, he discovers a loophole in the case that could not only get Mattson off death row, but once presented to the Supreme Court of California, potentially release him to kill again.

Potts faces a moral dilemma with no good way out. He must put aside his own values to follow through on his duty to the law, but his pregnant wife maintains she’ll leave him if he sets a killer free. How can he stay true to his profession while assuring he keeps his family together and doesn’t unleash evil back into the world, based on a technicality of law?

Check out the book trailer below:

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