Author to sign book on victims rights Aug. 7

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 31, 2009

Jerry Shelby, author of “Victims Have No Rights: A Victim’s (Pro Se) Experience With Insurance Companies and the Unjust Judicial System,” will sign copies of his book on Friday, 7-9 p.m., at Literary Bookpost, during Night Out on the Town.
Shelby, a retired business manager, has been frustrated in his attempts to recover personal and property damages after being involved in accidents and a scam.
In a press release, he describes the book as “about the experiences of a victim and other victims I talked to throughout the years dealing with insurance company lawyers, judges, the judicial system and the people that do not want to be accountable for their bad actions.”
Shelby writes in the release that he attended 23 trials “to research how to get my case to trial. All 23 cases lost or did not recover all their expenses.”
Pro se means a person who cannot afford a lawyer and represents himself. Shelby writes, “I was told if you are not a lawyer, we cannot help you. Is this a double standard? Elected officials will help lawyers, but not victim citizens. Do only the lawyers vote?”
Shelby writes that jurors are “inexperienced, biased, unknowledgeable” and that “trials are not about right and wrong. They are about winning.”
He encourages victims to share their stories at
The book is published through Infinity Publishing.
Literary Bookpost is at 119 S. Main St. in downtown Salisbury.
Rowan County in Our State
The August issue of Our State magazine features some things in Rowan County.
Spencer’s David Lamanno won an honorable mention in the black and white category of the Reader Photo contest.
Turning House Millworks in Landis is also featured. In “Salvaging the Past,” writer Amy Joyner and photographer Brian Gomsak describe Turning House Millworks’ efforts to salvage old wood from abandoned industrial buildings in the South and use it to create new furniture.
Turning House also recycles or reuses 98 percent of the material it recovers, including sawdust.
The business was featured in the Salisbury Post in April.
Author John Hart will be featured in The Best of Our State, a weekend celebration planned at Grove Park Inn in Asheville Jan. 8-10, 2010.
Others scheduled to appear are the UNC Clef Hangers, storyteller Connie Regan Black, author Cecilia Budd Grimes, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion and David Brock from the Office of Archives and History. More entertainment will be announced later.
A weekend package doesn’t come cheap: $750 per couple. It includes two nights at the Grove Park Inn, two breakfasts, the Friday night show with the Clef Hangers, Saturday night dinner and concert with Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion, the ginger bread social at the inn and admission to all seminars.
Information is at