Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

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By all accounts, Jovan Mosley was a good kid. He was working on a way out of his tough Chicago neighborhood and had been accepted at Ohio State University when he was forced to confess to a murder he did not commit. He then spent five years and ten months in jail without a trial. His efforts to exonerate himself got him nowhere until he happened to meet a successful criminal defense lawyer, Catharine O’Daniel. She became convinced of his innocence and took him on as her first pro bono client. Along with Laura ...

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Overview

By all accounts, Jovan Mosley was a good kid. He was working on a way out of his tough Chicago neighborhood and had been accepted at Ohio State University when he was forced to confess to a murder he did not commit. He then spent five years and ten months in jail without a trial. His efforts to exonerate himself got him nowhere until he happened to meet a successful criminal defense lawyer, Catharine O’Daniel. She became convinced of his innocence and took him on as her first pro bono client. Along with Laura Caldwell, she decided to fight to free Jovan. Against enormous odds, they fi­nally won some measure of justice. In this affecting memoir, Caldwell tells the unforgettable story of a breakdown in the criminal justice system and what it took to free an innocent man.

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In another account of justice gone wrong, a good kid from a bad neighborhood, 19-year-old Jovan Mosley, had never been in trouble with the police before Aug. 6, 1999, when he was falsely accused of and arrested for participating in a fight that turned deadly. Though Mosley adamantly declared his innocence, Chicago police handcuffed him in an interrogation room for more than 24 hours, bullying him until the exhausted Mosley signed a confession. Loyola law professor and mystery novelist Caldwell (Red, White & Dead) recounts Mosley's six-year stint in Chicago's toughest county jail, awaiting a trial on a charge of first-degree murder, and her own emotional journey co-chairing his defense. After five years--during which two inept public defenders both advised Mosley to accept a plea bargain--Mosley's plight came to the attention of top-notch Chicago defense attorney Catharine O'Daniel. She took on the case pro bono, recruiting Caldwell, a former civil litigator, to help with the complex trial. Caldwell eloquently evokes Mosley's struggles to have faith in a justice system that had so obviously failed him. (Sept.)
Amy Rowland
This disturbing story of coerced confession and delayed justice is compassionately told, and Caldwell's account of the trial is riveting.
—The New York Times
From the Publisher

“Caldwell eloquently evokes Mosley’s struggles to have faith in a justice system that had so obviously failed him.”—Publishers Weekly

“A gripping portrait of a man wrongly accused, who, despite his experiences within a flawed justice system, maintained his sense of dignity and hope.”

—Booklist

“Part courtroom drama, part Eat, Pray, Love–style memoir, part social-injustice exposé. The story of a powerful friendship.”—Chicago Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439100233
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Caldwell is a distinguished scholar in residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she started the Life After Innocence Project. She is the author of thirteen novels, in­cluding the Izzy McNeil series. Caldwell’s freelance writing has been published in Chicago Maga­zine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, and elsewhere.

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    Not one stat maybe -50000000000000000 stars

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    Posted May 11, 2012

    I agree

    WORST BOOK EVER

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Not recommended

    Read this if you want to learn how lawyers help the guilty go free. This book is a shameful distortion of the truth. Save your money and read the appeals court decision on this one. I hate when the police abuse their authority but that is not the case here. I am truly sorry for Mosley's victim in this one. He was the one driven home by these guys. He had the the hard way home. Right title but wrong focus.

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