A Plea for Justice: The Timothy Cole Story

A Plea for Justice: The Timothy Cole Story

by Fred B. McKinley
     
 

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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.

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935632047
Publisher:
Wild Horse Press
Publication date:
07/01/2010
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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