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The Wrong Men: America's Epidemic of Wrongful Death Row Convictions

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Overview

As you'll soon discover in The Wrong Men, some horrific scenarios are actually quite common in our criminal justice system. Imagine yourself on death row because:

  • Even though you were hundreds of miles from the scene when a brutal murder and rape occurred, an eyewitness identified you as the perp.
  • After sixteen hours of grueling interrogation, police tricked you into "hypothetically" confessing to the murder.
  • Though there was no evidence connecting you to a contract killing, prosecutors and jurors believed the perjured testimony of the actual murderer.

This riveting, one-of-a-kind exposé analyzes our national epidemic of erroneous murder convictions and death sentences through the terrifying real-life tales of 100 men and two women who spent years awaiting execution for crimes they did not commit. It identifies the blatant flaws in our justice system that have repeatedly sent the innocent to death row, from faulty DNA and fingerprint matching, through prosecutorial misconduct and incompetent counsel, to good, old-fashioned perjury and eyewitness error.

All of these hapless victims of a defective system would surely have been executed had not journalists, family members, grassroots organizations, and pro-bono lawyers labored for tirelessly to defeat the demon of injustice, but only after a terrible price had been paid—years, often decades on death row.

Award-winning journalist Stanley Cohen is the author or The Man in the Crowd, A Magic Summer: The '69 Mets, and The Game They Played, a Sports Illustrated Top 100 Sports Book of All Time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760778838
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author


Stanley Cohen is a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. For more than fifty years, he has worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for newspapers, magazines, and an international news service. He also has taught writing, journalism, and philosophy at Hunter College. He lives in Tomkins Cove, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Lies, Time, and Corruption

    ¿He deserves to die if he did something horrendous enough to be sentenced to death.¿ In today¿s society, people throughout the nation rely on the court system to bring justice to those who have been wronged. The death penalty is the most extreme form of punishment used today in the criminal justice system. The Wrong Men opens the eyes of the reader to the errors and corruption present in the prosecution of innocent people. The stories of one hundred men and two women, all of which were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, are told in the book. Each chapter tells the stories of just a few of the false convictions due to: lack of scientific certainty, eyewitness error, corrupt practices, jailhouse snitches, and false confessions. In each story, a victimized death-row inmate fights to find defense attorneys who are willing to work to help appeal his/her case many are retried countless times before their innocence is proven and their lives are saved. I like that the book shines a light on the imperfections of capital punishment and the idea that the judicial system needs an unbiased determinant of guilt and innocence. I didn¿t like that the book only addressed the wrongfully convicted I think it would have been interesting to read about the deserved convictions made, which has kept capital punishment alive through the years. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in criminal justice or just interested in learning a thing or two about capital punishment it¿s definately a fascinating read.

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