THE AMENDEMENT KILLER CHARACTERS
THE 28TH AMENDMENT
The U.S. Constitution contains 27 amendments, the result of over 11,000 proposals introduced throughout our history. Various proponents have been arguing for years that a real world 28th amendment is needed to curb a variety of abuses by many of our government representatives who for their own benefit have taken our government hostage and rendered it dysfunctional. These advocates for reform have not, however, yet figured out how to achieve such an amendment over obvious Congressional resistance.
The Amendment Killer is a piece of literary fiction about a Congressional challenge of a controversial enactment of such a Constitutional amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court. Can a lawyer turned novelist blur the lines between reality and fiction, and make a “novel” difference? Read the novel and decide for yourself.
And don’t forget to take a look at Ron’s 28th Amendment as well.
Whenever I read a good book, I always let my imagination run wild envisioning the characters, what they would look like, who they would look like. Here’s what I came up with for some of the characters in The Amendment Killer. How would you cast the characters for The Amendment Killer, The Movie?
After 25 years, the ever-wily and highly respected U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks retired from the bench. He now spends his time speaking, teaching, writing, and occasionally returning to the courtroom as a lawyer on matters of particular interest to him. Next to his wife of 50 years, Eloise, and their cat and dog, Maccs and Ryder, the law is Brooks’ only real other passion. He also loves upbeat music, dance and sports—although he can’t carry a tune and elephants are lighter on their feet. But he can dream, and he does. Gruff on the exterior, he’s more of a softie than he cares to admit.
After a singular string of victories in the U.S. Supreme Court, Raul Esposito was chosen to be Congress’s lead counsel in opposing the 28th Amendment. It’s a battle of wits at every twist and turn between the moneyed Esposito and Cyrus Brooks.
The brilliant associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Arnold Hirschfeld is quiet and thoughtful. That is, until he is pressed to decide how far he’ll go to rescue his granddaughter, Cassie Webber, from those who would plunge her into harm’s way in order to impose their will on Hirschfeld and, through him, on the Supreme Court.
A successful retired investment advisor, Steve Kessler was called to jury duty in a high-profile case in Brooks’ former courtroom and elected jury foreman. That was it; he was hooked. Now a social activist and community organizer, he spends all of his time pursuing worthwhile political and social causes, more a king-maker than a king. As one of the founders of NoPoli, the Constitutional Convention that led to the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was and is his baby
A bright and upcoming lawyer, Leah Klein got her start in the D.C. Public Defender’s office. Now married to Frank Lotello (and step-mom to his two kids), she went into private practice for herself. She is second chairing Brooks in the case of Congress vs. NoPoli, her first ever case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Provocateur extraordinaire in a good kind of way—maybe—but what was he hiding?
Veteran D.C. Homicide Detective Frank Lotello recovered from a rough patch following the death of his wife, mother of his two children. Ever resourceful, he is remarried to up-and-coming Washington attorney, Leah Klein, who he met during the high-profile case against, Cliff Norman, accused vigilante serial killer.
Cassie’s best friend forever, she’s another “typical” pre-teen, and way too smart and with it for the wishes of her father, Frank Lotello.
She’s as smart as she is striking, although some would say ruthless and hot. It matters not which to this opportunistic national broadcast journalist superstar. Anne uses every resource at her disposal (and then some) in the first-ever live TV broadcast of a U.S. Supreme Court case, Congress vs. NoPoli.
The commander-in-chief behind the commander-in-chief, Reyes knows how to work the White House and Washington, if not the entire country. He’s already counting all that Wall Street is ready to throw at his feet.
THOMAS RESTON THOMAS III
A former career CIA operative, Tommy Thomas has a recent history of carrying out covert domestic assignments for certain undisclosed public officials. Recently returned from his self-imposed exile, he is a psychiatrist’s dream case study.
Lame duck President of the United States in his second term. He has secured a very attractive future, all on the taxpayers’ nickel. So long as nothing—and no one—comes along and upsets the apple cart.
Cassie is like your typical pre-teen girl next door, except she’s anything but typical. She worries about the right things almost as much as the wrong things. In spite of her diabetes, she’s highly motivated and on the verge of becoming a world-class golfer. Not one to ever back down, she plans to give her kidnappers more than they bargained for. A lot more.