We all know (don't we) that fact often imitates fiction. I'm curious how many writers here have experience that firsthand.
For myself, I encountered the phenomenon in the form of a 60 Minutes segment on Sunday. I missed the show, as I was on my way back from LCC in Denver, but someone alerted me the following day by email.
The piece described a poor soul, Alton Logan, who has been in prison for the past 26 years for a murder he most assuredly did not commit. Why is he there? Because the real murderer confessed to his own two attorneys more than a quarter century ago--but the attorneys were bound by the attorney-client privilege to remain silent. The attorneys had obtained their client's permission to reveal what they knew once the client died. Which he did only recently.
Mr. Logan's motion for a new trial--based upon this "newly" discovered evidence--was heard by a Chicago court yesterday.
Here's the chilling video interview of Mr. Logan and the two attorneys that aired on 60 Minutes. (If for some reason you can't view it below, you can find it here
This issue of the use of attorney/client privilege to protect someone guilty of a crime is the foundation for my SILENT COUNSEL, and while the concept is not a new one--it's been around, like, forever--it was rather interesting to see the 60 MInutes segment present it as such an in-your-face real life situation.
So, my question for other writers: Have you come across real life new stories that seem to imitate in stark terms that of which you've written?