The Innocent Man

Publisher : Doubleday
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Pages : 382 pages
Rating Book: 4.O/5 ( users)

Download or read book The Innocent Man written by John Grisham and published by Doubleday. This book was released on 2006-10-10 with total page 382 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. • LOOK FOR THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES “Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—Entertainment Weekly In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, The Innocent Man reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.

Blind Injustice

Publisher : University of California Press
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ISBN : 0520305639
Pages : 264 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (52 users)

Download or read book Blind Injustice written by Mark Godsey and published by University of California Press. This book was released on 2019-02-05 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this unprecedented view from the trenches, prosecutor turned champion for the innocent Mark Godsey takes us inside the frailties of the human mind as they unfold in real-world wrongful convictions. Drawing upon stories from his own career, Godsey shares how innate psychological flaws in judges, police, lawyers, and juries coupled with a “tough on crime” environment can cause investigations to go awry, leading to the convictions of innocent people. In Blind Injustice, Godsey explores distinct psychological human weaknesses inherent in the criminal justice system—confirmation bias, memory malleability, cognitive dissonance, bureaucratic denial, dehumanization, and others—and illustrates each with stories from his time as a hard-nosed prosecutor and then as an attorney for the Ohio Innocence Project. He also lays bare the criminal justice system’s internal political pressures. How does the fact that judges, sheriffs, and prosecutors are elected officials influence how they view cases? How can defense attorneys support clients when many are overworked and underpaid? And how do juries overcome bias leading them to believe that police and expert witnesses know more than they do about what evidence means? This book sheds a harsh light on the unintentional yet routine injustices committed by those charged with upholding justice. Yet in the end, Godsey recommends structural, procedural, and attitudinal changes aimed at restoring justice to the criminal justice system.

Murder, in Fact

Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 1476672245
Pages : 262 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (476 users)

Download or read book Murder, in Fact written by Lana A. Whited and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2020-11-10 with total page 262 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With the 1965 publication of In Cold Blood, Truman Capote declared he broke new literary ground. But Capote's "nonfiction novel" belongs to a long Naturalist tradition originating in the work of 19th-century French novelist Emile Zola. Naturalism offers a particular response to the increasing problem of violence in American life and its sociological implications. This book traces the origins of the fact-based homicide novel that emerged in the mainstream of American literature with works such as Frank Norris's McTeague and flourished in the twentieth century with works such as Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Richard Wright's Native Son. At their heart is a young man isolated from community who acts out in desperate circumstances against someone who reflects his isolation. A tension develops between how society views this killer and the way he is viewed by the novelist. The crimes central to these narratives epitomize the vast gap between those who can aspire to the so-called "American dream" and those with no realistic chance of achieving it.

Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317229835
Pages : 686 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

Download or read book Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment written by Robert M. Bohm and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-12-15 with total page 686 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Capital punishment is one of the more controversial subjects in the social sciences, especially in criminal justice and criminology. Over the last decade or so, the United States has experienced a significant decline in the number of death sentences and executions. Since 2007, eight states have abolished capital punishment, bringing the total number of states without the death penalty to 19, plus the District of Columbia, and more are likely to follow suit in the near future (Nebraska reinstated its death penalty in 2016). Worldwide, 70 percent of countries have abolished capital punishment in law or in practice. The current trend suggests the eventual demise of capital punishment in all but a few recalcitrant states and countries. Within this context, a fresh look at capital punishment in the United States and worldwide is warranted. The Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment comprehensively examines the topic of capital punishment from a wide variety of perspectives. A thoughtful introductory chapter from experts Bohm and Lee presents a contextual framework for the subject matter, and chapters present state-of-the-art analyses of a range of aspects of capital punishment, grouped into five sections: (1) Capital Punishment: History, Opinion, and Culture; (2) Capital Punishment: Rationales and Religious Views; (3) Capital Punishment and Constitutional Issues; (4) The Death Penalty’s Administration; and (5) The Death Penalty’s Consequences. This is a key collection for students taking courses in prisons, penology, criminal justice, criminology, and related subjects, and is also an essential reference for academics and practitioners working in prison service or in related agencies.

Controversies in Innocence Cases in America

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317160029
Pages : 246 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

Download or read book Controversies in Innocence Cases in America written by Sarah Lucy Cooper and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-05-13 with total page 246 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Controversies in Innocence Cases in America brings together leading experts on the investigation, litigation, and scholarly analysis of innocence cases in America, from legal, political and ethical perspectives. The contributors, many of whom work on these cases daily, investigate contemporary issues presented by innocence cases and the exoneration movement as a whole. These issues include the challenges faced by the movement, causes of wrongful convictions, problems associated with investigating, proving, and defining 'innocence', and theories of reform. Each issue is placed within a multi-disciplinary perspective to provide cogent observations and recommendations for the effective handling of these cases, and for what changes should be adopted in order to improve the American criminal justice system when it is faced with its most harrowing sight: an innocent defendant.

Overturning Wrongful Convictions

Publisher : Twenty-First Century Books
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ISBN : 1467763071
Pages : 120 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (467 users)

Download or read book Overturning Wrongful Convictions written by Elizabeth A. Murray and published by Twenty-First Century Books. This book was released on 2015-03-01 with total page 120 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Imagine being wrongfully convicted of a crime and spending years behind bars. Since 1989 more than 1,400 Americans who experienced this injustice have been exonerated. Readers will examine real accounts and learn about organizations dedicated to righting these wrongs.

Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics

Publisher : SAGE Publications
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ISBN : 1483346587
Pages : 1202 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (483 users)

Download or read book Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics written by Bruce A. Arrigo and published by SAGE Publications. This book was released on 2014-07-17 with total page 1202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Federal, state, county, and municipal police forces all have their own codes of conduct, yet the ethics of being a police officer remain perplexing and are often difficult to apply in dynamic situations. The police misconduct statistics are staggering and indicate that excessive use of force comprises almost a quarter of misconduct cases, with sexual harassment, fraud/theft, and false arrest being the next most prevalent factors. The ethical issues and dilemmas in criminal justice also reach deep into the legal professions, the structure and administration of justice in society, and the personal characteristics of those in the criminal justice professions. The Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics includes A to Z entries by experts in the field that explore the scope of ethical decision making and behaviors within the spheres of criminal justice systems, including policing, corrections, courts, forensic science, and policy analysis and research. This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features: Entries are authored and signed by experts in the field and conclude with references and further readings, as well as cross references to related entries that guide readers to the next steps in their research journeys. A Reader's Guide groups related entries by broad topic areas and themes, making it easy for readers to quickly identify related entries. A Chronology highlights the development of the field and places material into historical context; a Glossary defines key terms from the fields of law and ethics; and a Resource Guide provides lists of classic books, academic journals, websites and associations focused on criminal justice ethics. Reports and statistics from such sources as the FBI, the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court are included in an appendix. In the electronic version, the Reader's Guide, index, and cross references combine to provide effective search-and-browse capabilities. The Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics provides a general, non-technical yet comprehensive resource for students who wish to understand the complexities of criminal justice ethics.

Grace and Justice on Death Row

Publisher : Skyhorse + ORM
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ISBN : 1510715126
Pages : 307 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (51 users)

Download or read book Grace and Justice on Death Row written by Brian W. Stolarz and published by Skyhorse + ORM. This book was released on 2016-10-04 with total page 307 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The chilling Washington Post bestseller of an innocent death row inmate—with a foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. Grace and Justice on Death Row tells the story of Alfred Dewayne Brown, a man who spent over twelve years in prison (ten of them on Texas’ infamous Death Row) for a high-profile crime he did not commit, and his lawyer, Brian Stolarz, who dedicated his career and life to secure his liberty. The book chronicles Brown’s extraordinary journey to freedom against very long odds, overcoming unscrupulous prosecutors, corrupt police, inadequate defense counsel, and a broken criminal justice system. Grace and Justice on Death Row also addresses many issues facing the criminal justice system and capital punishment—race, class, adequate defense counsel, intellectual disability—and proposes reforms. “Grace and Justice on Death Row isn’t just about how our broken system almost broke another decent man. More than that, it’s a moving story of a unique brotherhood that’s formed when a corporate lawyer with his faith bitterly tested literally saves another man’s life.” —Craig Melvin, MSNBC news anchor and Today show national correspondent “Brian Stolarz’s nuanced account of how he proved the innocence of a man on Death Row provided crucial insight into the terrible injustices of the American death penalty process. But at its core, this is a tale of one man’s unwavering faith in another human being” —The Washington Post

Crime Writers: A Research Guide

Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN : 1591589193
Pages : 204 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (591 users)

Download or read book Crime Writers: A Research Guide written by Elizabeth Haynes and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2011-01-19 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources. • A timeline of major authors and events in the development of the crime fiction genre • Read-alike sections listing other authors whose works are similar in style or theme to those of ten major authors included in the book • Lists of major organizations and awards in the field of crime literature • A bibliography of online and print sources for biographical and critical information about crime genre authors

Executing Freedom

Publisher : University of Chicago Press
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ISBN : 022658318X
Pages : 275 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (226 users)

Download or read book Executing Freedom written by Daniel LaChance and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2018-02-09 with total page 275 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the mid-1990s, as public trust in big government was near an all-time low, 80% of Americans told Gallup that they supported the death penalty. Why did people who didn’t trust government to regulate the economy or provide daily services nonetheless believe that it should have the power to put its citizens to death? That question is at the heart of Executing Freedom, a powerful, wide-ranging examination of the place of the death penalty in American culture and how it has changed over the years. Drawing on an array of sources, including congressional hearings and campaign speeches, true crime classics like In Cold Blood, and films like Dead Man Walking, Daniel LaChance shows how attitudes toward the death penalty have reflected broader shifts in Americans’ thinking about the relationship between the individual and the state. Emerging from the height of 1970s disillusion, the simplicity and moral power of the death penalty became a potent symbol for many Americans of what government could do—and LaChance argues, fascinatingly, that it’s the very failure of capital punishment to live up to that mythology that could prove its eventual undoing in the United States.

Letters to an Incarcerated Brother

Publisher : Penguin
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ISBN : 0698138570
Pages : 400 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (698 users)

Download or read book Letters to an Incarcerated Brother written by Hill Harper and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2013-11-05 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A compelling, important addition to Hill Harper’s bestselling series, inspired by the numerous young inmates who write to him seeking guidance After the publication of the bestselling Letters to a Young Brother, accomplished actor and speaker Hill Harper began to receive an increasing number of moving letters from inmates who yearned for a connection with a successful role model. With disturbing statistics on African-American incarceration on his mind (one in six black men were incarcerated as of 2001, and one in three can now expect to go to prison some time in their lifetimes), Harper set out to address the specific needs of inmates. A powerful message from the heart, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother provides advice and inspiration in the face of despair along with encouraging words for restoring a sense of self-worth. As the founder of Manifest Your Destiny, a nonprofit outreach program for at-risk teens, Harper has seen firsthand the transformative effect of mentorship and the power of a positive role model. This latest addition to Hill Harper’s Letters series delivers visionary, compassionate responses to the real-life circumstances of inmates. As with the other Letters books, Harper includes moving contributions from top educators, activists, thought leaders, and entertainers. Uplifting and insightful, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother provides the hope and inspiration inmates and their families need.

American Criminal Courts

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317524136
Pages : 592 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

Download or read book American Criminal Courts written by Casey Welch and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-02-19 with total page 592 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: American Criminal Courts: Legal Process and Social Context is an introductory-level text that offers a comprehensive study of the legal processes that guide criminal courts and the social contexts that introduce variations in the activities of actors inside and outside the court. Specifically the text focuses upon: Legal Processes. U.S. criminal courts are constrained by several legal processes and organizational structures that determine how the courts operate and how laws are applied. This book explores how democratic processes develop the criminal law in the United States, the documents that define law (federal and state constitutions, legal codes, administrative policies), the organizational structure of courts at the federal and state levels, the overlapping authority of the appeals process, and the effect of legal processes such as precedent, jurisdiction, and the underlying legal philosophies of various types of courts. Although most texts on criminal courts do a credible job of describing legal processes, this text looks more deeply into the origins of criminal law, historic turning points in the criminal law, conditions that affect the decision-making of criminal justice practitioners, and the contentious political process that affects how criminal laws are considered. Social Contexts. The criminal courts are staffed by people who represent different perspectives, occupational pressures, and organizational goals. The text includes chapters on actors in the traditional courtroom workgroup (judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys), as well as those outside the court who seek to influence it, including advocacy groups, media, and politicians. It is the interplay between the court legal processes and the social actors in the courtroom that makes the application of the criminal laws so fascinating. By focusing on the tension between the law (legal processes) and the actors inside and outside the courts system (social contexts), this text demonstrates how the courts are a product of "law in action," and it presents the course content in a way that enables students to understand not only the "how" of the U.S. criminal court system but also the "why."

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List

Publisher : Dorling Kindersley Ltd
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ISBN : 0241882672
Pages : 293 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (241 users)

Download or read book The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List written by John Charles and published by Dorling Kindersley Ltd. This book was released on 2007-07-03 with total page 293 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Great reads for busy people." This is a guide to help busy people find great reads in fiction and non-fiction. Filled with recommendations of popular, entertaining reading, this book covers mystery and suspense, romance, womenas fiction and chick lit, westerns, science fiction, such nonfiction topics as animals, art, biography, memoirs, business, true crime, and more. Plus, each entry includes a summary of the book, its significance, and a critique/observation/comment.

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

Publisher : American Library Association
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ISBN : 9780838909362
Pages : 340 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (99 users)

Download or read book The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction written by Neal Wyatt and published by American Library Association. This book was released on 2007-05-14 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With a focus on eight catagories including memoir, sports, and true crime, a readers' advisory guide includes coverage of the major authors and works, popularity, and style.

How the Police Generate False Confessions

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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ISBN : 1442244658
Pages : 308 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (442 users)

Download or read book How the Police Generate False Confessions written by James L. Trainum and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2016-07-15 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Despite the rising number of confirmed false confession cases, most people have a hard time grasping why someone would confess to a crime they did not commit, or even why a guilty person would admit to something that could put them in jail for life. How the Police Generate False Confessions takes you inside the interrogation room, exposing the tactics that law enforcement uses to make confessions happen. James L. Trainum reveals how innocent people can become suspects and then confessed criminals even when they have not committed a crime. Using real stories, he looks at the inherent coerciveness of the interrogation process and why so many false confessions contain so many of the details that only the true perpetrator would know. More disturbingly, the book examines how these same processes corrupt witness and victim statements, create lying informants and cooperators, and induce innocent people to plead guilty. Trainum also offers recommendations for change in the U.S. by looking at how other countries are changing the process to prevent such miscarriages of justice. The reasons that people falsely confess can be complex and varied; throughout How the Police Generate False Confessions Trainum encourages readers to critically evaluate confessions on their own by gaining a better understanding of the interrogation process.

Provocative Columns

Publisher : iUniverse
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ISBN : 1440133816
Pages : 318 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (44 users)

Download or read book Provocative Columns written by Bruce Warshal and published by iUniverse. This book was released on 2009 with total page 318 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Jewish Journal of South Florida is the largest Jewish newspaper in America. It boasts an open marketplace of ideas on its opinion-editorial pages, featuring columns from the left and the right on the political and religious continuums. Rabbi Bruce Warshal upholds the liberal tradition both in politics and religion on those pages.

True Stories of False Confessions

Publisher : Northwestern University Press
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ISBN : 0810126036
Pages : 526 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (81 users)

Download or read book True Stories of False Confessions written by Rob Warden and published by Northwestern University Press. This book was released on 2009-06-11 with total page 526 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Collects thirty-eight articles describing how innocent men and women have been coerced into confessing to crimes they did not commit, revealing the questionable methods police officers use to get confessions from suspects.