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133 From page-turning legal thrillers to the real drama of the circuit court, Judge Martin Clark brings Virginia's law to life.

August 27, 2023 Patrick O'Donnell / Martin Clark Episode 133
Cops and Writers Podcast
133 From page-turning legal thrillers to the real drama of the circuit court, Judge Martin Clark brings Virginia's law to life.
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On today’s show we are going into the courtroom with my special guest, Bestselling Author and His Honor, Judge Martin Clark.

A retired circuit court judge from Patrick County, Virginia, Martin is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and attended law school at the University of Virginia. When he was appointed to the bench in 1992 at age thirty-two, he became one of the youngest judges in the commonwealth's history. During his time on the bench, he presided over everything from homicides to reckless driving. 

Besides being a retired judge, Martin Clark is a bestselling author that Entertainment Weekly said, “hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer.” The New York Times stated he is “the thinking man’s John Grisham.” 

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      When Martin developed his interest in the law. 

·      His father’s influence on his career in law.

·      Why he was a judge for almost thirty years.

·      Some of the more interesting or bizarre cases he presided over. 

·      Common errors in T.V. or Movies regarding judges and legal proceedings.

·      How he persisted for over 20 years of rejection letters and finally landed a big-time publishing deal.

·      His upcoming novel, The Plinko Bounce.

·      His advice to legal-thriller writers.

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