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Capital Punishment: An Indictment by a Death-Row Survivor

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"In this critical new work, Billy Wayne Sinclair and Jodie Sinclair examine the death penalty from ancient history - an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - to the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions." "Billy Wayne Sinclair was just twenty-one years old when he heard a Louisiana judge say, "I hereby sentence you to death in the electric chair," a penalty resulting from a botched convenience store holdup in which Billy accidentally shot and killed a man. When, in its landmark 1972 Furman v. Georgia ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down ...
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"In this critical new work, Billy Wayne Sinclair and Jodie Sinclair examine the death penalty from ancient history - an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - to the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions." "Billy Wayne Sinclair was just twenty-one years old when he heard a Louisiana judge say, "I hereby sentence you to death in the electric chair," a penalty resulting from a botched convenience store holdup in which Billy accidentally shot and killed a man. When, in its landmark 1972 Furman v. Georgia ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty as "capricious and arbitrary," Billy's sentence was automatically commuted to life in prison, along with those of hundreds of other death-row inmates. He spent forty years in the Louisiana penal system, including twenty years in Angola prison, one of the country's worst - six of those years on death row. After defeating fathomless depression, he took up the law and soon became a respected jailhouse lawyer. He not only helped to integrate the still segregated Angola prison but also exposed rampant corruption within the jail itself and among the state's high-ranking politicians." Many states - led by Texas, Georgia, and Florida - reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Today some 3,300 men and women await their fate on death row. Informed by firsthand experience of death row and decades of study, Capital Punishment offers vital information about, and insight into, a subject as heated and contentious today as it ever was.
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This book, which has a foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, is a strong and graphic condemnation of capital punishment in America. Sinclair, now an award-winning journalist, spent 40 years in the Louisiana prison system, part of it on death row, for a shooting in a botched robbery. His sentence was commuted in 1972 under Furman v. Georgia, and he was released in 2006 to continue his life as a writer and opponent of the death penalty. The first chapter gives graphic details about methods of execution. It is followed by a chapter, "The Cocktail," which discusses lethal injection. In the next 12 chapters, Sinclair discusses cases of innocence, DNA exoneration, child rape, youth violence, killers of women, and corruption in Louisiana's criminal justice system. His graphic details may be disturbing to some, but this is exactly what Sinclair wants. He brings home in no uncertain terms the horrors as well as the capricious and arbitrary nature of the death penalty. An informative source for anyone interested in criminal justice.
—Frances Sandiford

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Uneven collection of arguments against the death penalty..A Life in the Balance (2001), also written with his wife Jodie, chronicled Sinclair's brutal experiences as a prisoner in the Louisiana state penitentiary at Angola. He spent nearly six years there on death row before the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972 on the grounds that it was inequitably applied. (States scrambled to come up with constitutionally acceptable death-penalty laws, and executions recommenced in 1977.) Resentenced to life without parole, Sinclair became a writer and jailhouse lawyer during his subsequent 40 years in the Louisiana prison system; he was released in 2006 and is now a paralegal in Houston. Primarily a bland, though admittedly thorough catalogue of statistics, this book is not the gripping anti–capital punishment blast one might expect from a survivor of death row. His main argument—that the death penalty is cruel and cannot be administered fairly under our legal system—will be familiar to most and unlikely to change any minds. Some of the stories ably highlight the laws' arbitrariness and unfairness, such as the one about a death-row inmate's lawyers who missed the deadline for a last-minute appeal due to a computer crash. But many of Sinclair's overstated assertions may alienate more readers than they convince. While most people probably agree that murder is worse than rape, they may not be so quick to concur with the statement that "raping a child is despicable, but killing someone is far worse." Other choices are simply odd, as when the author quotes at length from Thomas Wolfe's 1939 novel The Web and the Rock to convey "the mindset of lynch justice." The best sections,regrettably few, deal with the author's personal experiences, as when he tries to convince a prisoner to plead to a life sentence rather than risk execution...A disappointing screed that ultimately adds little to the death-penalty debate..First printing of 12,500.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559708999
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Billy Wayne Sinclair established himself in prison as a jailhouse lawyer, defending the rights of fellow prisoners, and as a journalist. Released from prison in 2006, he is a senior paralegal at the John T. Floyd Law Firm. He lives with his wife, Jodie, in Houston, Texas.

Jodie Sinclair, Billy Wayne Sinclair’s wife and coauthor, received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. She resides in Houston, Texas.

Sister Helen Prejean is a prison minister and the author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United State. and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

1 The justice gene 1

2 Death Row redux 16

3 Whim and caprice 34

4 Surviving 47

5 The cocktail 58

6 Slow and agonizing 72

7 Mistakes in last-minute appeals 92

8 Two cases of innocence 101

9 Another Texas DNA exoneration 121

10 Child rape 131

11 The killers of women 142

12 The crime victims movement 159

13 Youth violence 174

14 The saga of Louisiana's first post-Furman execution 192

App. A Methods and offenses 224

App. B Statistics 226

Acknowledgments 232

Index 233

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