In-Store Signing | True Story | Jerome M. Capone, Esq.
NOVEMBER 25 | 11AM - 1PM
In this memoir, spanning nearly fifty years, prominent Delaware trial lawyer Jerome M. “Jerry” Capone invites you to follow along with him as he examines the arc of his career. After first explaining how he ended up in Delaware at the Delaware Law School, Capone then dissects his legal career in three main sections: the City of Wilmington years, the private practice years, and the public defender years. In the City of Wilmington section, he provides first-hand portraits of Mayor Bill McLaughlin, Mayor Dan Frawley, City political boss Leo Marshall, and Tom Capano, the homicidal advisor to mayors and governors. In this section, Capone also shares his insights on the workings of city government. The private practice section starts off as a virtual primer on starting a small law practice, offering advice ranging from how to find office space to how to find clients. You will then be introduced to many of the colorful colleagues and clients who were part of Capone’s professional universe. This section also contains stories of the pivotal murder cases in his career, including the Brooks Armored Car murders and the Michael Jones double homicide case (“Train Wreck in Superior Court”). The chapter “James Clark’s Last Meal” is noteworthy for describing, in detail, the rituals of a state sponsored execution of a condemned man. The last section of this memoir covers the final stop in Capone’s career, in which he worked as a public defender in Georgetown, Delaware. This section describes his transition from big city lawyer to small town lawyer. Here he introduces, with obvious affection, many of the people in the Sussex County justice community who welcomed him to town, then helped him get to the finish line of his career.