After a Major League Baseball player dies from a ball intentionally thrown at his head by a rookie pitcher, it is up to veteran prosecutor Jaime Brooks to investigate the matter and handle the prosecution. What began as a feud between two teams ends in a national spectacle and a sensational trial when the pitcher is investigated for murder.
Brooks must confront a possible criminal conspiracy among team members, an uncompromising widow bent on avenging her husband’s death, corruption in the grand jury, and a national debate over the inherent risks of baseball and the accountability of its players. Should the pitch have been handled by the baseball commissioner, or was it a crime to be prosecuted in the courts?
A Pitch for Justice examines the unwritten rules of baseball on the twenty-year-old rookie who threw the pitch, the game itself, and our legal system. Did he compromise his moral compass for the team’s honor? What was in his heart when he threw the fatal pitch?
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About the Author
Harold Kasselman spent his adolescent years in Philadelphia where he became a Phillies fan and saw his first game with his dad at the age of six.That green infield has mesmerized him ever since. He moved to New Jersey and attended Delaware Township High(now Cherry Hill West) ,He got his B.A. at Rutgers College and a masters degree in 1968 from Farleigh Dickinson University.
He taught one year at Glen Ridge High School(Alma Mater of Tom Cruise)and then two years at Cherry Hill East where he taught Human Behavioral Patterns. After attending Rutgers Law he joined the Camden County Prosecutors’ Office in New Jersey.
He prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including 25 homicide trials for thirty years in Camden County. One of his 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.He continued his love of teaching by mentoring police at the police academy about police procedure.He became a partner in the defense firm of Helmer, Paul, Conley and Kasselman in 2005. He understands and appreciates the roles of both the prosecution and the defense in the legal process.
Harold resides in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Robin, who shares his passion for the Phillies ball club and the beach. They also maintain a townhome in Voorhees, NJ, near their children.
“A Pitch for Justice” is Harold’s first novel, which combines his passions for baseball and the law.
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