Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

by Barry Siegel
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Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom by Barry Siegel

In this remarkable legal page-turner, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Barry Siegel recounts the dramatic, decades-long saga of Bill Macumber, imprisoned for thirty-eight years for a double homicide he denies committing. In the spring of 1962, a school bus full of students stumbled across a mysterious crime scene on an isolated stretch of Arizona desert: an abandoned car and two bodies. This brutal murder of a young couple bewildered the sheriff 's department of Maricopa County for years. Despite a few promising leads—including several chilling confessions from Ernest Valenzuela, a violent repeat offender—the case went cold. More than a decade later, a clerk in the sheriff 's department, Carol Macumber, came forward to tell police that her estranged husband had confessed to the murders. Though the evidence linking Bill Macumber to the incident was questionable, he was arrested and charged with the crime. During his trial, the judge refused to allow the confession of now-deceased Ernest Valenzuela to be admitted as evidence in part because of the attorney-client privilege. Bill Macumber was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

The case, rife with extraordinary irregularities, attracted the sustained involvement of the Arizona Justice Project, one of the first and most respected of the non-profit groups that represent victims of manifest injustice across the country. With more twists and turns than a Hollywood movie, Macumber's story illuminates startling, upsetting truths about our justice system, which kept a possibly innocent man locked up for almost forty years, and introduces readers to the generations of dedicated lawyers who never stopped working on his behalf, lawyers who ultimately achieved stunning results. With precise journalistic detail, intimate access and masterly storytelling, Barry Siegel will change your understanding of American jurisprudence, police procedure, and what constitutes justice in our country today.

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ISBN-13: 9780805094152
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Barry Siegel is a Pulitzer Prize winning former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and he directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine where he is a professor of English. He is the author of six books, including Shades of Gray and Claim of Privilege. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author should feel horrible about trying to get this "innocent" man out of jail. William Macumber get's out of jail and sexually assaults his young granddaughter in less than a year. And here is the kicker.... He claims he's innocent of that one too. BTW - it was his son that turned him it for the sexual assault. I hope that Seigel and the Arizona Justice Project feel good about their role in freeing him.