it was a hard, fast slide to conviction

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A court-ordered medical exam discovered scratches on the back of his neck. Once the prosecutor established that Adrian knew the
victim, it was a hard, fast slide to conviction.
What does "it was a hard, fast slide to conviction" mean?
Source: Redemption Road
Author: John Hart
  • bibliolept

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    AE, Español
    An an American, Hart is likely drawing directly from baseball for this metaphor. In that sport, a runner slides, rapidly and even violently, at full speed, without possibility of stopping, to a base, following a straight line and without possibility of or reason for deviation.
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