Danger Road: A True Crime Story of Murder and Redemption

Danger Road: A True Crime Story of Murder and Redemption

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by John P. Contini
     
 

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Danger Road chronicles the incredible true story of three drug dealers who were brutally murdered in 1983 on Danger Road in the Florida Everglades. Lured into a phony drug deal each victim hoped would
be his big retirement score, they allegedly found themselves at the business end of a gun wielded by a Miami-Dade police officer. But police and prosecutors say

Overview

Danger Road chronicles the incredible true story of three drug dealers who were brutally murdered in 1983 on Danger Road in the Florida Everglades. Lured into a phony drug deal each victim hoped would
be his big retirement score, they allegedly found themselves at the business end of a gun wielded by a Miami-Dade police officer. But police and prosecutors say Officer Gilbert Fernandez, Jr. and his crew weren't there to
arrest the drug dealers. They were there to execute them and steal their eight kilos of cocaine.
The story details the transformation of Fernandez, a former Mr. Florida bodybuilding champion and black-belt karate instructor, who by many accounts turned his life around during the intervening years between the 1983
murders and his triple-murder indictment in 1990. The man once named " Miami 's Meanest Cop" no longer abused and intimidated detainees like he did when he was a police officer; he had become a loving father who lived to
convert people to his newfound faith in Christianity. In spite of this radical transformation, Fernandez found himself on trial for his life in 1991. Danger Road is the story of that trial, told by John P. Contini, the Fort Lauderdale
Criminal Lawyer who represented him.
Contini gives readers a unique insider perspective on the mindsets of both a defense attorney in a capital murder case and a defendant who had become a completely different person by the time of his trial. Danger Road also
reveals details about the influence of the media on the trial, and the biased judge and prosecutors who were hell-bent to send Fernandez to the chair. By ripping the lid off the behind-the-scenes machinations of our legal
system, one of the author's goals was to cause readers to take another look at the way justice is dispensed in our society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977317448
Publisher:
Liberty Press Publishing
Publication date:
11/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
647,990
File size:
832 KB

Meet the Author

John Patrick Contini is a former prosecutor and veteran South Florida criminal defense attorney since 1983. With over twenty years experience as a trial attorney, John appears in Federal Courts throughout the nation and
Florida: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Tampa and Orlando; Ft. Worth, TX; Charlotte, NC; Trenton, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA; and Cleveland OH, to date. John received his B.A. in 1979 from the University of MA
and his Juris Doctor in 1982 from the New England School of Law.
"Being a good lawyer is not just about winning and it's not just about caring for people—it's both. I personally believe that it's no fun being a lawyer unless you can genuinely help people, and allow them to get on with their lives.
The question I am most often asked as a South Florida criminal defense attorney is: 'How can you defend someone when you know they are guilty?' For me, the answer is easy. I believe in condemning the act, not the person
(John 8:11). This principle is consistent with my Faith. In Matt. 9:12, Jesus essentially answers the same question this way: 'It's not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick. I desire mercy, not sacrifice… ' I
unapologetically enjoy helping someone who is otherwise shunned and condemned by others, and society."—John Patrick Contini
He is a frequent speaker at area schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities (i.e. Faith Farm), jails and prisons, juvenile boot camps, church youth groups, and radio/cable TV talk shows. He was privileged to speak at Faith
Deliverance Cathedral, Dr. Rorie; of Hollywood, FL and New Hope Ministries, Apostle Frank Lloyd, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as well as dozens more. John is a member of: * The Massachusetts Bar * The Florida Bar * The U.S.
Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit * The United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida * The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers * The Florida Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers * The Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers * The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

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Danger Road 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this book trying to find a new true crime nook book, and I could not put it down once i started reading it. John Contini is an incredibly witty writer, honest and deep down, like most of us; he pours it out as he pours it into a glass!! I am now reading his other book because of his writing in Danger Road, and I am again, laughing out-loud and glued to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
presented some new facts about the cas
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book rambles on about boring trial talk. The crime was fully exposed early in the book. Author tried to be funny at times. Dont waste your money
Guest More than 1 year ago
This true story really lets you know how the legal system is