Five Bullets, One Gun, and The Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood

Julian Rubinstein’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core, with important implications for the future.


June 1, 2022

Response to Legal Claim

A defamation suit against the book was filed by two men, Sheria Hicks and Pernell Hines.

Below is the response sent by counsel, Steven Zansberg, who is representing Julian Rubinstein and the book’s publisher, FSG / Macmillan.

As acknowledged in the letter, we voluntarily and immediately corrected a factual issue related to Hines. The response from Zansberg explains why this lawsuit has “zero chance of success,” and in fact includes many allegations that are not even in the book.

From the letter in response to this suit: “Under firmly established legal precedents, none of the statements identified in your Complaint can give rise to a valid libel claim….(per) Rules 1.4(b), 2.1, and 3.1 of the Colo. R. Prof. Conduct require [Plaintiff’s lawyers] to advise your clients not to move forward in pursuing a frivolous, groundless, and meritless set of claims.”

We stand by the reporting in the book. To read the full response, see the letter here: Letter to Mssrs. Andrews and Atkins