Judge Tony Graphia retired after 56 years of law practice including 18 years on the bench. His career includes several years as an assistant district attorney prosecuting major crimes and presenting cases to grand juries. He continues to serve as judge pro tempore when appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court and is chairman of the Louisiana State Board of Tax Appeals. Born, raised, and educated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he lives there with his wife.
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Private House Dining Hall
The Eagle & the Hawk
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
The Eagle & the Hawk
A city in crisis. Baton Rouge, Louisiana is in a state of siege by violent criminals. Murders, rapes, child molestation, illegal drug sales, armed robberies, human trafficking, and extortions occur daily. Police officers are handcuffed by laws and court decisions, which seem to favor the criminal element; they are angry and frustrated.
Chris Ribes was a combat soldier assigned to a special operations unit during the Vietname War. His unit hunted and eliminated Viet Cong who ambushed, killed, tortured and mutilated captured Marines. After his tours of duty, he returns to Baton Rouge. An undercover state police officer approaches him with an intriguing proposition, drawing him into a dark enterprise formed by the Mayor, Chief of Police, District Attorney, and State Police Commander.
Chris agrees to join the enterprise to eliminate violent criminals who avoid or defeat prosecution. He believes his skills can benefit society and offer redemption from the violence he participated in during his service as a military killing machine.
Chris meets and falls in love with Amie, an investigator for the District Attorney's office, who is assigned to hunt down the vigilante responsible for killing criminals; the man with whom she has fallen in love.
The enterprise is operating successfully, but Chris begins to wonder if he is being used by it for purposes other than law enforcement. Are these powerful city leaders, initially well intentioned, now using his skills for their personal agendas or vendettas? Is he jeopardizing his new life, his new love, and his freedom for a noble cause? Or, for twisted agendas of the enterprise founders?
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