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Diminished Capacity

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Jeremiah Bedloe is a fiery but aged defense attorney in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and life is swiftly reaching its last act for the man. Despite the inner contentment earned knowing he has been highly successful in his legal career, there is still something missing, a hole yet to be filled. He is well aware of what the vacancy consists of, but realizes that in this part of the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Robert C. Swanson
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Katie B
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this book is a work of fiction it is based on a real life rape case in Minnesota. A man has pled guilty and sentenced to prison for the rape of his daughter. A new defense attorney is hired after the defendant's father convinces him that this is not an ordinary sexual assault case and deserves another look. The book follows the new trial and its' controversial conclusion.

At first I was apprehensive about reading a book featuring the defense lawyer for an admitted child rapist. However, the
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a Goodreads win review. This is an excellent about a trial and the justice system.
Kim. E.
Diminished Capacity, written by Robert Clarence Swanson, is based on a real case regarding sexual assault and the way the criminal justice system dealt with the situation.

I had a difficult time staying committed to this book in the beginning because it is based on the offender and how the system worked against him, and also the very controversial theories involved. Thankfully, I continued with an opened mind.

This book centers on the events in the courtroom, written much like a transcript, and q
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got 10 pages in and had to stop and take a moment to calm my nerves. I was unsure if I would be able to keep reading after those gut wrenching first few pages. I decided to keep going and am glad I did. This book really had me torn. I could see both points that the prosecutor and defense attorneys were making. I could not imagine being a jury member on this case. In the end I was still torn and didnt really know what I thought the right thing was. But after sitting and thinking for a while, I ...more
Linda Sonna
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting

An interesting look at the inner workings of our criminal justice system - and an important reminder that for justice to be served, the accused''s mental functioning must be considered, no matter how heinous the crime.
Evangeline Owens
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
If only actual trials could be so speedy and precise. Enjoyed immensely. Surprised myself by agreeing with the verdict.

Thanks to Goodreads for providing me with a copy of this book as a giveaway.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book in that it is a fictional courtroom drama based on a real-life case of first-degree sexual assault. Most of the book takes place in the courtroom with some background on the key characters. I liked the format, it reads as a transcript of a trial, and would appeal to those who enjoy reading about trials. The crime is unsavory but there were mitigating factors and it brings up a lot of questions about medications and effects on patients. I found the title of the book in ...more
Lacy Gonzales
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had to take a few days to think before I wrote a review on this book. The subject matter is tough and it really was difficult for me to separate the crime from the criminal. The book does read very much like a trial transcript and while many people enjoyed that it was tougher for me. I wanted more from the characters, I wanted more development I think. In the end I wanted a different outcome I. The ending which is again, why I needed to wait to write the review. I wanted to be sure that my opi ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Dimished Capacity" is a real page turner and hard book to put down. I enjoyed its fast pace and the pace of the trial! I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win to a friend to enjoy also before putting it back into my library. Thanks Mr. Swanson for writing a great book.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads. I found it to be a thought provoking book about impact of medicine on people and the consequences of the side effects of medications. top this with a horrific crime committed against a child and you have an intense read that gets you thinking.
Suzanne Hunt
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was difficult to read in play format.
But the story was intriguing and thought provoking.
3 out of 5 stars.
People who enjoy courtroom dramas will enjoy this story.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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I won this novel in a goodreads drawing.

Hard cases make bad law is a saying of long tenure. This book brought it to mind constantly. A tippling lawyer who wants to try a Clarence Darrow type case, you know, the kind of lawyer who really should be summarily disbarred, takes the case of a man who molested his daughter while he was under diminished capacity.

Shows why we need to reform our legal system more than anything else. This book shows why we need a lawyer tax.
Carol Kroger
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diminished Capacity by Robert Clarence Swanson was wonderful. Very different writing style. Wasn't sure I was going to like it but definitely got hooked. Want to read more.
Wynima Bowen
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and I liked the characters portrayed.I usually won't follow a court trial but found myself liking the plot,thank you Mr.Swanson.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from Goodreads giveaway. I am torn on the rating for a few reasons. I feel if the author committed to one form of presenting the case I would've rated it higher. I like a good courtroom drama, especially based on fact. While it covered the bases there, it just didn't have the right flow for me. It started out as a novel, beginning to develop the characters, then it stopped. Switching to a narration of what and who we saw in the courtroom, then every once in awhile while we w ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fiction based on an actual case. Tells the story of a new trial after conviction and sentencing. Recommend for fans of courtroom procedurals.
Dec 16, 2016 added it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 4 1/2 stars.The story made you think. It involves attorney Jeremiah Bedloe who is approached by Michael Swain who wants Bedloe's help in getting his son out of prison so he can get treatment. His son Russell was sent to prison for 15 years for raping his daughter.He did plead guilty but his father thinks the courts were too quick to imprison him and not seeking help. Russell suffers from Klinefelter Syndrome and his father ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great novel that portrays a very real legal issue. Can a disease be severe enough to render the person not guilty by reason of Diminished capacity? Should we hold a person responsible for the actions they take while under ineffective treatment for such a condition. Having studied in both the medical profession and the legal profession I found this book fascinating. The author has made a compelling argument for his case, at least to me. And as we learn more about complex medical issues this wil ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
How do we begin to understand the many human disorders that exist? Even worse how can we say for certain that we have never been clouded by judgment towards those that display irrational, none normal behaviors? The truth is that not everyone knows that there is always more to the story. Who we are or what we do is the result of our differences in biological chemistry and learned behaviors. In this story we encounter a defense attorney (Bedloe) who takes on a case of a man judged and convicted ba ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent! I am a medical professional, not sociological or psychological - medical; so I had great interest that this book chose a topic that dealt with expanding our knowledge of how genetics, pharmacology and medical negligence can influence our behavior. It is an eye-opener for open-minded and intelligence-seeking humans to further our knowledge and acceptance of WHAT IS, and understand this world of craziness that we all live in.
The story line reads easily, and I finished the book in 2 days
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A well written court documentary! Diminished Capacity is a fictional courtroom drama based on a real-life event. It is about a 2010 Minnesota criminal case of first degree sexual assault as told by the perpetrator. The case documents activity inside and outside of the courtroom during the trial event. This is a book that urges you to keep reading on....very hard to put down once you start reading!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thanks to Goodreads for sending me an ARC of this book. It appears I'm in a vast minority as I was underwhelmed and disappointed by this book. If it is indeed based on an actual trial it's interesting from the viewpoint of the law and facts of the case. The characters are as undeveloped and flat as a piece of cardboard. The author shows us nothing and insists on telling us everything. The book reads like a trial transcript.
Jackie Rogers
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Really liked this book. Lost sleep to finish it. Is a trial concerning a guilty verdict two years age that incarcerated a man fir the rape of his twelve year old daughter. No question of his guilt. This trial is to determine why and if it could have been prevented. Is an expose' on our justice system and how one can fall through the cracks. Loved the characters I didn't hate. Was an emotional read and did this old heart good. Thanks Mr. Swanson and Goodreads for a treat in reading.
Maryann mayton
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is a well written book at first was bit trying with it but then once got little ways in I just didn't want to put the book down. I enjoyed the read I love things dealing with law. From books to tv. I am very happy that I was given the chance to read this book. It is a must buy and read especially if you love law / court books.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Being fan of John Grisham, crime and legal dramas have always been a favorite of mine. I can't really compare Robert Swanson to John Grisham though because Swanson has his own writing style that is completely his own.He is an amazing author and is now one of my favorites. I highly recommended this book!
Oct 09, 2016 added it
I am reading this book right now and enjoying it tremendously.
Now that I've finished reading this book, I can say that I had a hard time putting it down. It was a fast-read and flowed smoothly. I became immersed in the case and the play between prosecution and defense. The best part was seeing expertise at work in such a complicated and controversial case.
Barry Payne
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i love this book i was surprised at the end, but very glad it turned out the way it did. Bedloe did a lot of research on the drugs he was on. I am als0 proud of his dad for not giving up on his son. I think he made a mistake that will never be repeated. A very good book!!!
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Quick, riveting read on what could be considered a controversial court case. I enjoyed it immensely and am glad I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway. Well written and highly engrossing.
Robert Swanson
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Jason Bennie
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