Bloodsworth: The True Story of One Man's Triumph over Injustice

Bloodsworth: The True Story of One Man's Triumph over Injustice

by Tim Junkin
     
 

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Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. From the beginning, he proclaimed his innocence, but when he was granted a new trial because his prosecutors improperly withheld evidence, the second trial also resulted in conviction. Bloodsworth read every

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Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. From the beginning, he proclaimed his innocence, but when he was granted a new trial because his prosecutors improperly withheld evidence, the second trial also resulted in conviction. Bloodsworth read every book on criminal law in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing.

After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Kirk Bloodsworth was vindicated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
"Kirk Bloodsworth is an American Josef K., an icon of a system that failed him—and justice—at every turn."
Washington Post Book World
From the Publisher
"Kirk Bloodsworth is an American Josef K., an icon of a system that failed him—and justice—at every turn."
Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565125148
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
10/23/2005
Series:
A Shannon Ravenel Book Ser.
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
386,391
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Tim Junkin is a lawyer and an award-winning novelist who lives in Maryland.

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