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Zachary Hayes
Fictional Character
A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "Though the Heavens Fall"
Nationality: Federated Commonwealths of America
Date of Birth: 18th century
Occupation: Lawyer

Zachary Hayes was a lawyer in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 1804, he represented plantation owner Charles Gillen's claim to the runaway slave, Jeremiah. Jeremiah's attorney, Alfred Douglas, built his defense on the idea that slavery was immoral, based on the erroneous idea that some humans were inferior to others. The centerpiece of this defense was the existence of the sims.

While competent, Hayes never outmaneuvered Douglas. The judges ordered Jeremiah free.

Hayes was made no effort to hide his racism. He was also quite cheap, having sold off many of his law books, and frequently borrowing copies from his colleague, Douglas.