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Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted / Edition 1
     

Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted / Edition 1

by Barry Scheck
 

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ISBN-10: 038549341X

ISBN-13: 2900385493412

Pub. Date: 02/15/2000

Publisher: Doubleday Publishing

A nightmare from a thousand B-movies: a horrible crime is committed in your neighborhood, and the police knock at your door. A witness swears you are the perpetrator; you have no alibi, and no one believes your protestations of innocence. You're convicted, sentenced to hard time in maximum security, or even death row, where you await the executioner's needle.

Overview

A nightmare from a thousand B-movies: a horrible crime is committed in your neighborhood, and the police knock at your door. A witness swears you are the perpetrator; you have no alibi, and no one believes your protestations of innocence. You're convicted, sentenced to hard time in maximum security, or even death row, where you await the executioner's needle.

Tragically, this is no movie script but reality for hundreds of American citizens. Our criminal justice system is broken, and people from all walks of life have been destroyed by its failures. But science and a group of incredibly dedicated crusaders are working to repair the damage.

In the last ten years, DNA testing has uncovered stone-cold proof that sixty-five completely innocent people have been sent to prison and death row. But even in cases where there is physical evidence, the criminal justice system frees prisoners only after a torturous legal process. Incredibly, according to many trial judges, "actual innocence" is not grounds for release from prison.

At the Innocence Project, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld have helped to free thirty-seven wrongly convicted people, and have taken up the cause of hundreds more. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Dwyer has been covering innocence cases for a decade. In Actual Innocence, Scheck, Neufeld, and Dwyer relate the harrowing stories of ten innocent men--convicted by sloppy police work, corrupt prosecutors, jailhouse snitches, mistaken eyewitnesses, and other all-too-common flaws of the trial system--and tell of the heroic efforts to free them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900385493412
Publisher:
Doubleday Publishing
Publication date:
02/15/2000
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Authors' Noteix
Prefacexi
1.An Innocence Project1
2.An Invention35
3.Seeing Things41
4.False Confessions78
5.White Coat Fraud107
6.Snitch126
7.Junk Science158
8.Broken Oaths172
9.Sleeping Lawyers183
10.Race193
11.The Death of Innocents211
12.Starting Over223
13.Lessons239
Appendix 1255
Appendix 2261
Sources268
Acknowledgments285
Index291

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