A Plea for Justice: The Timothy Cole Story

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During the closing months of 1984 and extending through March 25, 1985, a number of violent rapes occurred around Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. As a result, females, both students and employees of the university, along with those who worked in the general area, were caught up in a wave of terror in the persona of the Tech rapist.

A PLEA FOR JUSTICE: The Timothy Cole Story describes how a 24-year-old black student and an army veteran became entangled in a web of deceit cast by an...

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Overview

During the closing months of 1984 and extending through March 25, 1985, a number of violent rapes occurred around Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. As a result, females, both students and employees of the university, along with those who worked in the general area, were caught up in a wave of terror in the persona of the Tech rapist.

A PLEA FOR JUSTICE: The Timothy Cole Story describes how a 24-year-old black student and an army veteran became entangled in a web of deceit cast by an overly-aggressive police investigation, unjustly arrested without any physical evidence to link him to the crime, falsely convicted, and then incarcerated for aggravated sexual assault on a fellow student whom he had never seen until the first day of his trial. Before he passed away while serving the thirteenth of a twenty-five year sentence, Tim Cole expressed a fervent desire to be vindicated, exonerated, and pardoned, and in an effort to honor his last wishes, a devoted mother and family, supported and represented by the Innocence Project of Texas, carried the fight to the state courts, to both houses of the state's legislature, to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and finally to the governor.

This is a gut-wrenching story of courage, devotion, conviction, honor, a family that never compromised its principles, and how at the end of a struggle that lasted almost twenty-five years, the foundations of how the Lone Star State conducts criminal investigations and treats its exonerees are rocked to the very core.

In the Foreword, Jeff Blackburn, Chief Counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas, writes: "Anyone who wants to know the truth about how our criminal justice system really works should read this book. Anyone who wants to know what the system does to its victims should also read it. When told well, as in these pages, truth has the power to change people's minds. Until that day, some of us will keep fighting for the Tim Coles of the world, but now, armed with this book, we'll do so with more faith than we had before."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781935632047
  • Publisher: Wild Horse Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred B. McKinley retired with the Louisiana Department of Justice, in which he served as a supervisory criminal investigator with the Attorney General's office. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he completed undergraduate work at Lamar State College of Technology and his Master's degree at Lamar University, before attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he received a law enforcement certification.

He currently lives with his wife Dottie in Burleson, Texas.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    If you wanted to know our justice systems flaws, read this book!!!

    This book will show you from just ONE case how our American Justice System truly works. The innocent are silenced and the families never give up hope.
    This story tells you the facts about the case of Timothy Cole but as a mother going through a wrongful conviction, there were many times I felt the families pain, knowing what they went through for so many years. I became angry because I knew what I was reading was so very true. This is a must read for every American Citizen, so they too can be informed jurors and know how easily we lock up the innocent and throw away the key. I thank Mr. McKinley for writing this book and helping others to see what truly happens when prosecutors are out to win at all costs.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    Timothy Cole - Wrongfully Convicted/INNOCENT

    I would like to extend my appreciation to Mr. McKinley for being an advocate to the Cole family. It is imperative that Timothy's injustice be told. Timothy's fate could happen to any of us. He was a very strong and gentle young man. The events of Timothy Cole's experiences have yet to come to fruition. Through Mr. McKinley's research, the writing of this book and the strength of this incredible family (Cole), absolute justice must prevail. This book exposes a flawed criminal justice system throughout the entire country. On several occasions, I had to stop and dry my tears. No innocent man or woman (and their families) should go through what Timothy and his family endured.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    A tragic story well told

    This is a true story of a man caught up in a whirlwind of being in the wrong stage of life in the wrong place in time. The names in the news accounts were brought to life and become "people" as I finished it. I would imagine some will say it is biased in parts; however, no one can argue that ultimately, a man was arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to "life" for a crime he didn't commit. To those I would say you simply have to accept the criticism and use the lessons learned to become better for the sake of moving towards the goal of a more perfect (as much so as one could ever hope for) criminal justice system. Because for every mistake of an innocent person imprisoned, the task of putting away the guilty becomes that much more difficult.

    This book tells Tim Cole's story, and his story illustrates one of my firm beliefs about the American system of justice: that an innocent man hanged is more dangerous to our way of life than a guilty man set free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2010

    An important story, well-written and researched. A must-read!

    This tragic story of criminal justice system failure is a recommended read for anyone who cares about justic and especially those in public service or legal professions. Fred B. McKinley presents the carefully researched facts of the Timothy Cole story in a straightforward narrative, often with photographic documentation and direct quotes from the people involved. Though the story is often disturbing on many levels, McKinley never resorts to finger-pointing or polemics, and this makes his presentation all the more powerful. The facts of the case and long overdue exoneration of Mr. Cole illustrate how biased, incomplete investigative work and faulty witness identification, among other variables, can play off of each other and lead to a grave injustice. This book is not just an important study for all concerned citizens. The level of detail and the narrative style make it a true page-turner.

    I sincerely hope Timothy Cole and his story are long remembered, that the Innocence Project continues its vital work for the wrongly convicted, and that Fred B. McKinley expertly documents more of these overdue exonerations.

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