- Nov 22, 2003
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now he's going to court:
Amateur Sleuthing Lands Grisham in Real-Life Court
By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 13, 2007; A01
He's a lawyer. He's a best-selling author. Now he's The Client.
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that John Grisham must face a jury for his actions in a real-life whodunit.
Grisham, author of "The Pelican Brief," "The Firm" and "The Runaway Jury," among other bestsellers, lives outside Charlottesville. His son attended the private St. Anne's-Belfield School, where he played baseball for Alan Swanson, the head coach. Grisham and Swanson became friends, according to court papers, and Grisham is on the school's board of trustees.
In 1996, Swanson's wife, Donna Swanson, began receiving harassing anonymous letters, which included allegations that her husband was cheating on her, according to the ruling. Grisham also received an anonymous letter.
In 1998, according to a lawsuit, "Grisham was intrigued by the idea of trying to 'get to the bottom' of who was writing them, and he decided to play amateur detective."
Grisham and the Swansons targeted another St. Anne's parent, Katharine Almy of Charlottesville, who has three children...