Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen: The Story of David Milgaard

Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen: The Story of David Milgaard

by Cynthia J. Faryon
     
 

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David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed and convicted of the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.

Throughout his twenty-three years in prison, David

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Overview

David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed and convicted of the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.

Throughout his twenty-three years in prison, David maintained that he was innocent and refused to admit to the crime, even though it meant he was never granted parole. Finally, through the incredible determination of his mother and new lawyers who believed in him, David was released and proven not guilty. Astonishingly, in hindsight the real murderer was obvious from the start.

This is the true story of how bad decisions, tunnel vision, poor representation and outright lying and coercion by those within the justice system caused a tragic miscarriage of justice. It also shows that wrongs can be righted and amends made.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Faryon draws readers into the book with her crisp and engaging dramatization of the crime...Additional features in the book enhance its value as a teaching and learning tool by extending readers' understanding of the Milgaard case beyond the book and encouraging them to explore other issues further."
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
How many people have served time in jail for crimes they did not commit? In this well-documented book, Faryon brings one of these cases to life in vivid detail—from the wrongful conviction to the twenty-three years that David Milgaard served in prison. At the age of sixteen, Milgaard was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his identity was confused with Larry Fisher, the real killer of Gail Miller. As a result of this misidentification and wrongful testimony in court by a friend, Milgaard was convicted of murder. For the next twenty-three years, his mother, Joyce Milgaard, fought to save her son’s life - and to bring the real murderer to justice. In this well-written and researched book, young readers will get a sense of what happens when someone is wrongfully convicted—and just how long it can take to correct a mistake in the legal system. Fortunately, in recent years DNA testing has allowed some people who were wrongfully convicted to be cleared of their crimes. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Milgaard is one of several high-profile cases of wrongful conviction in Canada. The series is factual and unbiased, showing how wrongful convictions have occurred and giving voice to the stories of the innocent. Milgaard was imprisoned for 23 years for a rape and murder he did not commit. The book opens with a short chapter about Larry Fisher, the person who did commit the crimes and who was charged with them after Milgaard served his time. The opening chapter sets the context for what actually happened; the book proceeds with portraits of the people involved and their activities leading up to and on the day of the murder. This information, along with a confluence of events in time and place, shows clearly what led to Milgaard's wrongful conviction. Using original sources, the narrative is straightforward and clear-a tough thing to do in such a short book with all of the complexity and characters. While in prison, Milgaard was sexually assaulted, attempted suicide numerous times, and also escaped for 77 days. While these occurrences aren't detailed, they provide a point of empathy as well as a feeling of action. The photos, while still grainy, are better than those in the other books in the series.—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, San Leandro, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552774335
Publisher:
Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Lorimer Real Justice Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia J. Faryon is an internationally published author and freelance writer.

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