Humor Literary Fiction flash fiction meta courtroom drama

The Sentence

By Kurt Pankau
Mar 21, 2020 · 579 words · 3 minutes

Gavel on black background with copy space. Concept for legal, lawyer, judge, law, auction and attorney.

Photo by Bill Oxford via Unsplash.

From the author: Some stunt fiction that I originally wrote as part of my Friday Flash Fiction experiment. The gimmick: the entire story is a single sentence.


James Humphrey Harvey, having been found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of fraud, half a count of first-degree manslaughter, twelve counts of criminal negligence contributing to a homicide, six counts of depraved indifference contributing to a homicide, one count of aggravating a baboon—also contributing to a homicide—one count of grand larceny, one count of stealing a government vehicle, one count of wrongfully imprisoning a...

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