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.
|Publisher:||New York University Press|
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About the Author
Scott Christianson is the author of Notorious Prison: Inside the World's Most Feared Institutions and Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House (NYU Press, 1999). A longtime investigative reporter, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, the The Washington Post, The Nation, the Criminal Law Bulletin and many other publications. Since the author began this project, six of the convictions discussed in Innocent have been overturned.
Table of Contents
1 Presumed Guilty
2 Mistaken Identi?cation
3 Eyewitness Perjury
4 Ineffective Counsel
5 False Confessions
6 Police Misconduct
7 Fabrication of Evidence
8 Prosecutorial Misconduct
10 Selected Wrongful Conviction Cases
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What People are Saying About This
“A chilling chronicle of what can happen when the criminal justice system goes awry.”
“Innocent is an excellent recommendation to make the next time someone questions the need for further criminal justice reform.”
-New York Law Journal
“This should be required reading for everyone who gives a damn about justice in this country.”
-Mickey Sherman,CBS News legal analyst
“Christianson succeeds in raising reasonable doubts and questions about the integrity of our criminal justice system. Written with perceptiveness and sympathy for the plight of the wrongly convicted, [Innocent] is an excellent addition to the literature on miscarriages of justice.”-Justicia
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.