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Back from the Dead: On the Trail of the Winners of America's Death Row Lottery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Story great but deserves a better treatment

    The stories of these former death row inmates are all interesting and deserve to be told. However, many times throughout the book I felt Ms. Cheever's personal opinions and feelings got in the way of her telling the stories. Every murder is described as 'brutal' and 'cold-blooded' and it seems as if every other chapter she has placed herself in fear of her life by simply associating with the subjects she wants to interview. I have worked in criminal defense for 6 years now and on occassion have handled death penalty work. With the exception of a very small handful of clients I've never feared for my safety when I'm alone with them. I have also found that each story has two sides, I'm not saying that I agree with the decision to murder someone but I can see why it happened. Several of the cases described in this book definitely beg for re-examination and when a person does that, I think most will find that the subjects crime were neither exceptionally 'brutal' nor 'cold-blooded' in this day and age.

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