Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned

Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned

by Richard S. Jaffe


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Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned by Richard S. Jaffe

Framed for murder, Randal Padgett faced the death penalty. Evidence planted by police put James Willie "Bo" Cochran on death row for thirteen years. Charged and convicted based on untrue testimony, Gary Drinkard's execution date loomed over him. After being falsely identified as a gunman, Che Salvador Swindle was charged with capital murder.

Who would defend these men the courts had damned to the ultimate punishment?

Richard Jaffe, one of the most successful defense attorneys at exonerating wrongfully sentenced death row inmates and innocent people accused of capital crimes, was determined to save these men's and others' lives. Jaffe spotlights sensational murder cases and his extraordinary work defending accused killers who have lost all hope. He takes the reader into tense courtrooms where life and death are on the line.

Included are never-before-revealed scenes from the national manhunt for Eric Rudolph, the notorious Olympic Park and abortion clinic bomber, telling the inside story of Jaffe's personal relationship with him.

In this first-person expose of America's criminal justice system, Jaffe takes us inside firestorms of controversy as he advocates for individuals facing execution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882823744
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,064,631
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Richard S. Jaffe is the senior partner of the Birmingham, Alabama, law firm of Jaffe & Drennan, P.C., specializing in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist and is currently listed in both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Georgia, the District of Columbia and Alabama. Jaffe is considered one of the foremost experts and lecturers on criminal law in America and is frequently called upon to comment on death penalty issues and other areas of criminal law by national television, radio and print media.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 A Life at Stake 1

Chapter 2 Planting the Seeds of a Trial Lawyer 9

Chapter 3 Prosecuting Violent Crimes 15

Chapter 4 The Dixie Mafia 21

Chapter 5 Lost, But Not Forgotten 29

Chapter 6 Private Practice and "Jack's Law" 33

Chapter 7 Montgomery Ups His Antics 41

Chapter 8 Defending Accused Murderers 47

Chapter 9 Playing God with Eyewitness Identification 55

Chapter 10 The Truth Hurts 61

Chapter 11 Fugitive from Justice 65

Chapter 12 Bringing the Scene to the Courtroom 73

Chapter 13 The Death Penalty and Juveniles 83

Chapter 14 All Killers Are Not Alike 91

Chapter 15 Death Is in the Details 105

Chapter 16 There but for the Grace of God 115

Chapter 17 Montgomery Meets His Match 125

Chapter 18 The End of Jack's Law 133

Chapter 19 A Strikingly Similar Murder 137

Chapter 20 Fighting for Bo's Life 147

Chapter 21 A Grueling Wait 155

Chapter 22 Bo's Journey Ends 163

Chapter 23 The Wrong Road to Death Row 173

Chapter 24 Presumed Innocent Meets Fatally Attracted 195

Chapter 25 Gaining a Condemned Man's Trust 209

Chapter 26 Letters from Death Row 231

Chapter 27 Eric Rudolph and Me 249

Chapter 28 A Slap in the Face of Justice 281

Chapter 29 Culpability and Mental Illness 295

Afterword The Life We Choose 301

Acknowledgements 315

Endnotes 317

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MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this read. If this book had been fiction I would have thought the scenarios with the lawyers and judges too far-fetched to really happen. That's what makes the book so interesting. This book is a very eye-opening look into the legal system and the sentence of death. There are just too many variables that exist in the trial system that can allow innocent people to be condemed and killers to go free. In a rush to judgement once the alleged killer is convicted the real killers get away with murder. And it is really sad that even after Mr. Jaffe had the convictions overturned the prosecuters chose not to pursue the real killers. The underworld of crime is not black and white. Highly recommend this book. It will change the way you look at highly public trials and your own rush to judgement of guilty. I was given this book to read from Smith Publicity.
JDBAL More than 1 year ago
I am a criminal defense lawyer and the author, Richard Jaffe sets the bar high for all criminal defense lawyers. He shows how hard work, creative thinking and dedication pay off. So many people do not understand how easy it is for the State of Alabama to kill someone by using the legal system. If this book does not change the mind of some folks about the use of capital punishment nothing will.
ProfessorJT More than 1 year ago
I am a college professor and Richard Jaffe has spoken to my classes on many occasions. I can say without hesitation that he is the most popular guest speaker I have. He leaves the students (and me) mesmerized and with a new appreciation for our justice system. We all want to hear more that time will allow. I have read the excerpts, and they like his class visits, left me wanting more.
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Romolo More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely fantastic, an amazing read into the life of an attorney who takes on the most difficult cases in the world and manages to save peoples life. For anyone who likes crime and legal justice this book is a must read, it is a very deep and very intense read.
KoalaReader More than 1 year ago
Justice is viewed from three perspectives: maximizing welfare, respecting freedom, and promoting virtue. The author presents the evolution of each perspective, and hence the evolution of the concept of Justice, evenly and coherently. An outstanding book! Definitely the most valuable book in my collection. A book that I recommend for all serious readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Quest for Justice is a fascinating collection of actual events that exceed any legal thriller. This nonfiction book surpasses the most exciting, suspenseful John Grisham or James Patterson novel. Additionally, this book educates the reader about the misguided perceptions of the criminal justice system, primarily capital punishment. Mr. Jaffe compiles his most interesting cases in this enlightening, yet entertaining book. He inspires us to ponder the effectiveness of the death penalty and the negative impacts that it imposes on society. He reminds us to reject the Media’s typical prejudicial presentation of the accused. A Quest for Justice is not only exciting and entertaining, but essential reading for society.
Mark31MS More than 1 year ago
After reading the excerpts, I cannot wait to purchase this book. It seems to read like one incredible story after another. Every paragraph makes you want to read further and further into it, as though you are really there. It's like a great fictional mystery with one story after another, but it's all true and it is all real.
BK123 More than 1 year ago
In being from Alabama, I remember a lot of these cases that he mentions. It is good to see the inner workings of a lawyer who believes what is right and fights for justice each day of his life. I found his website and was able to read a few of the book's excerpts there. Will be buying the book when it comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome and very informative.I am amazed with this book and i would definitely recommend this book to everyone and sure it will be useful for your life.
stephcjh More than 1 year ago
I love to read books like this. It has alot of interesting stories in it that explains how crimes were committed and what happened to the people who committed them, before, during and afterwards. It takes you behind the scenes and explains in depth so you will know more about the crimes committed. If you like to know about crimes and what happens behind the scenes, then I highly recommend this book.