The Bonfire of the Vanities - Chapter 31 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 31 Summary

On the drive to the courthouse with Killian and Quigley, Sherman laments the beauty of the day, expecting to be incarcerated before the day is through. They must sneak past a mob of reporters and demonstrators to enter the courthouse. Inside, Judge Myron Kovitsky presides. Kovitsky has long thought of himself as the people's judge, but the dynamics in this case are unusual. ADA Kramer represents the interests of the unruly mob of people crowding the courthouse, calling for Sherman's blood. To restore order in the courtroom, Kovitsky is forced to oppose and quiet the mob. This puts him on Killian and Sherman's side almost from the beginning, yet the mob's power is strong. When Kramer calls for a bail increase, the mob roars its approval. Killian requests a sidebar and informs the judge he has tape-recorded evidence that bears directly on the...

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