Zeitoun

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Zeitoun Part 4: Tuesday September 27 Summary & Analysis

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Raleigh calls Kathy to tell her that there’s finally a court date. He asks Kathy to gather as many character witnesses as she can to come to court and testify. Afterward, she realizes she’s forgotten to ask where the courthouse is. Raleigh isn’t answering, so she calls the district attorney’s office, where the woman who answers says that there’s no court right now. The woman transfers her to another man, who says that where court hearings are being held is privileged information. She protests that it’s a public court, and she’s the prisoner’s wife, but to no avail. The third person she talks to says the same thing.
Initially, Raleigh’s call suggests that there is finally a path forward for Kathy to be able to see her husband and eventually free him—but then Kathy is faced directly with the kind of bureaucracy that Zeitoun has been struggling against since his incarceration. Though Kathy has had to deal with being out of control already, this combination of incompetence, indifference, and hostility is on another level.
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Kathy begins to cry again, furious at the levels of bureaucracy and incompetence. After calming down, she calls CNN and tells a producer her story—the producer says she will investigate.
The one way Kathy can regain control over her situation is to publicize it, as per her general attitude in not being afraid to voice her opinion.
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Raleigh calls Kathy back and apologizes, saying that he’s found out that the hearing will be held at Hunt the next day. Kathy calls friends and clients, and eventually seven people say they’ll come.
Finally the situation is resolved, and Kathy seems one step closer to seeing her husband again.
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Zeitoun is again handcuffed and taken out of his room to meet Raleigh. He smiles and says he wants out. Raleigh tells him that Zeitoun can either pay $75,000, and be refunded if he won his case, or pay about $10,000 total and lose that amount either way. Raleigh agrees with Zeitoun that the bail is about 100 times what it should be. It seems silly to Zeitoun to throw away $10,000, so he asks Raleigh to try to reduce it, or to see if he can use his property as bail.
For the first time Zeitoun is allowed to see a lawyer, and he is relieved to interact with someone from the outside world, especially his former life. The wildly inflated bail amounts complicate his imprisonment even more, though Zeitoun continues to act rationally and think his options through.
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Now that Zeitoun knows that Kathy and his family know he’s alive, he doesn’t think it’s worth it to get free a few days early, especially when he can’t work.
As usual, Zeitoun always puts his work and responsibilities first (along with his family).
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