Innocent: Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases / Edition 1

Innocent: Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases / Edition 1

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by Scott Christianson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814716342

ISBN-13: 9780814716342

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

Innocent graphically documents forty-two recent criminal cases to find evidence of shocking miscarriages of justice, especially in murder cases. Based upon interviews with more than 200 people and reviews of hundreds internal case files, court records, smoking-gun memoranda, and other documents, Scott Christianson gets inside the legal cases, revealing the

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Innocent graphically documents forty-two recent criminal cases to find evidence of shocking miscarriages of justice, especially in murder cases. Based upon interviews with more than 200 people and reviews of hundreds internal case files, court records, smoking-gun memoranda, and other documents, Scott Christianson gets inside the legal cases, revealing the mistakes, abuses, and underlying factors that led to miscarriages of justice, while also describing how determined prisoners, post-conviction attorneys, advocates, and journalists struggle against tremendous odds to try to win their exonerations.

The result is a powerful work that recounts the human costs of a criminal justice system gone awry, and shows us how wrongful convictions can—and do—happen everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814716342
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Presumed Guilty
2 Mistaken Identification
3 Eyewitness Perjury
4 Ineffective Counsel
5 False Confessions
6 Police Misconduct
7 Fabrication of Evidence
8 Prosecutorial Misconduct
9 Forensics
10 Selected Wrongful Conviction Cases
Appendix
Selected References
Resources
About the Author

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Innocent: Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Once I picked up this book and started to read, I kept going until I was through. The combination of tight vignettes and images of different sorts of key pieces of evidence about these real cases is fascinating stuff and makes for a powerful picture of what's really going on in our legal system--it's not the kind of thing I've seen before in books about this subject. It reads almost like a surgical operation. The author seems to know his stuff and gets down to the nitty gritty. As somebody who knows the system pretty well myself, it made me take notice that this is precisely the kind of factual reporting that we should be getting from the news media, academia, the legal profession, and officialdom--but nobody else seems to take it on. Another indication of how bad things really are today. I just wish the book was longer.