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

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

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by Laura Caldwell
 

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Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago’s very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial.

Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago’s Southeast Side. With one

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Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago’s very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial.

Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago’s Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was. He excelled in school, dreamed of being a lawyer, and had been accepted to Ohio State.

Then on August 6, 1999, Jovan witnessed a fight that would result in a man’s death. Six months later, he was arrested, cruelly questioned, and forced into a confession. Sent to a holding jail for violent criminals, he tried ceaselessly to get a trial so he could argue his case. He studied what casework he could, rigorously questioning his public defenders. But time after time his case was shoved aside. Amiable, bright, and peaceable, he struggled to stay alive in prison. As the years ground on, he’d begun to lose hope when, by chance, he met Catharine O’Daniel, a successful criminal defense lawyer. Although nearly all cases with a signed confession result in a conviction, she was so moved by him, and so convinced of his innocence, that Cathy accepted Jovan as her first pro bono client. Cathy asked Laura Caldwell to join her and together they battled for Jovan’s exoneration. Here is Laura’s firsthand account of their remarkable journey.

This is a harrowing true story about justice, friendship, failure, and success. A breakdown of the justice system sent a nice kid to one of the nation’s nastiest jails for nearly six years without a trial. It would take a triumph of human kindness, ingenuity, and legal jousting to give Jovan even a fighting chance.

Deeply affecting, Long Way Home is a remarkable story of how change can happen even in a flawed system and of how friendship can emanate from the most unexpected places.

Editorial Reviews

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
Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
"An absolute page turner, full of vitality and bristling with savvy insights about the workings of the criminal justice system." — Scott Christianson, author of The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the Gas Chamber

“So you think you would never confess to a murder you did not commit, that no innocent person would? Long Way Home will make you think again. Laura Caldwell’s riveting tale about Jovan Mosley’s false confession to a crime he had nothing to do with reads like a thriller, but it’s absolutely and frightfully true. This book will rattle your foundations.” —David R. Dow, University of Houston law professor and author of The Autobiography of an Execution

"Part courtroom drama, part Eat, Pray, Love—style memoir, part social-injustice expose. The story of a powerful friendship."—Chicago Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439123027
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Caldwell, a former trial lawyer, is currently a professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is the author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book. She is a nation-wide speaker and the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned. Laura has been published in thirteen languages and over twenty countries. To learn more, please visit www.lauracaldwell.com.

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Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one stat maybe -50000000000000000 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WORST BOOK EVER
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AvidReader36 More than 1 year ago
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.