While waiting for his date, Harvard law student and second-generation Iranian-American Jeff Shadid is stopped by men from the anti-terrorist unit of the Department of Homeland Security and arrested for being a terrorist sympathizer. After weeks of interrogation, Shadid is told that in order to avoid further torture, he must become a spy for the government. At the same time, veteran Washington journalist Jason Palani is sent to cover a news story about a court case involving a statue of Moses and the Ten Commandments that has been erected on a Texas courthouse lawn. The location of the religious statue on government property potentially violates constitutional law. Contained in the First Amendment is the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from doing anything to sponsor a particular religion. Soon Palani finds himself in the middle of a heated violent conflict, and he discovers that a secret association of men is plotting behind the scenes to control political issues and appointments, including the upcoming presidential election. In order to protect the constitution and save Shadid, Palani must rely on a knowledgeable Harvard law school professor, an attractive Justice Department lawyer and a sympathetic senator.
Jefferson’s Wall is an action-packed thriller that will keep readers up late into the night. Author Jonathan Neff is a lawyer, businessman and entrepreneur with an interest in politics. There is no need to have a legal background in order to enjoy the story. Neff lays out everything readers need to know about the historical, political, and legal ins and outs of the principle of separation of church and state. Through dialogue between characters, Neff explains common law, stare decisis and the use of precedents. At times the text feels like something taken right out of a constitutional law school lecture or history book, but it is quite fascinating. This intriguing story is a great read by a talented author.
|Page Count||320 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime, Thriller|