The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man

Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, The Innocent Man reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.

Author: John Grisham

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: STANFORD:36105064129419

Category: True Crime

Page: 382

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. • LOOK FOR THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES “Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—Entertainment Weekly In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, The Innocent Man reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.
Categories: True Crime

Blind Injustice

Blind Injustice

“The Causes of Wrongful Conviction,” Innocence Project, 2016, ... False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four (New York: New Press, 2008); John Grisham, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (New York: Doubleday, 2006). 60.

Author: Mark Godsey

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520305632

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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In this unprecedented view from the trenches, prosecutor turned champion for the innocent Mark Godsey takes us inside the frailties of the human mind as they unfold in real-world wrongful convictions. Drawing upon stories from his own career, Godsey shares how innate psychological flaws in judges, police, lawyers, and juries coupled with a “tough on crime” environment can cause investigations to go awry, leading to the convictions of innocent people. In Blind Injustice, Godsey explores distinct psychological human weaknesses inherent in the criminal justice system—confirmation bias, memory malleability, cognitive dissonance, bureaucratic denial, dehumanization, and others—and illustrates each with stories from his time as a hard-nosed prosecutor and then as an attorney for the Ohio Innocence Project. He also lays bare the criminal justice system’s internal political pressures. How does the fact that judges, sheriffs, and prosecutors are elected officials influence how they view cases? How can defense attorneys support clients when many are overworked and underpaid? And how do juries overcome bias leading them to believe that police and expert witnesses know more than they do about what evidence means? This book sheds a harsh light on the unintentional yet routine injustices committed by those charged with upholding justice. Yet in the end, Godsey recommends structural, procedural, and attitudinal changes aimed at restoring justice to the criminal justice system.
Categories: Social Science

Murder in Fact

Murder  in Fact

Publisher's Weekly 25 April 1966, p. 81. Inge, M. Thomas. Truman Capote: Conversations. U of Mississippi P, 1987. “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town.” Review of The Innocent Man by John Grisham.

Author: Lana A. Whited

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476672243

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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With the 1965 publication of In Cold Blood, Truman Capote declared he broke new literary ground. But Capote's "nonfiction novel" belongs to a long Naturalist tradition originating in the work of 19th-century French novelist Emile Zola. Naturalism offers a particular response to the increasing problem of violence in American life and its sociological implications. This book traces the origins of the fact-based homicide novel that emerged in the mainstream of American literature with works such as Frank Norris's McTeague and flourished in the twentieth century with works such as Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Richard Wright's Native Son. At their heart is a young man isolated from community who acts out in desperate circumstances against someone who reflects his isolation. A tension develops between how society views this killer and the way he is viewed by the novelist. The crimes central to these narratives epitomize the vast gap between those who can aspire to the so-called "American dream" and those with no realistic chance of achieving it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

In his first attempt at nonfiction, popular legal thriller and crime author John Grisham wrote The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006). His book told the story of Ron Williamson, who was sentenced to death and ...

Author: Robert M. Bohm

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317229834

Category: Social Science

Page: 686

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Capital punishment is one of the more controversial subjects in the social sciences, especially in criminal justice and criminology. Over the last decade or so, the United States has experienced a significant decline in the number of death sentences and executions. Since 2007, eight states have abolished capital punishment, bringing the total number of states without the death penalty to 19, plus the District of Columbia, and more are likely to follow suit in the near future (Nebraska reinstated its death penalty in 2016). Worldwide, 70 percent of countries have abolished capital punishment in law or in practice. The current trend suggests the eventual demise of capital punishment in all but a few recalcitrant states and countries. Within this context, a fresh look at capital punishment in the United States and worldwide is warranted. The Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment comprehensively examines the topic of capital punishment from a wide variety of perspectives. A thoughtful introductory chapter from experts Bohm and Lee presents a contextual framework for the subject matter, and chapters present state-of-the-art analyses of a range of aspects of capital punishment, grouped into five sections: (1) Capital Punishment: History, Opinion, and Culture; (2) Capital Punishment: Rationales and Religious Views; (3) Capital Punishment and Constitutional Issues; (4) The Death Penalty’s Administration; and (5) The Death Penalty’s Consequences. This is a key collection for students taking courses in prisons, penology, criminal justice, criminology, and related subjects, and is also an essential reference for academics and practitioners working in prison service or in related agencies.
Categories: Social Science

Controversies in Innocence Cases in America

Controversies in Innocence Cases in America


Author: Sarah Lucy Cooper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317160021

Category: Law

Page: 246

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Controversies in Innocence Cases in America brings together leading experts on the investigation, litigation, and scholarly analysis of innocence cases in America, from legal, political and ethical perspectives. The contributors, many of whom work on these cases daily, investigate contemporary issues presented by innocence cases and the exoneration movement as a whole. These issues include the challenges faced by the movement, causes of wrongful convictions, problems associated with investigating, proving, and defining 'innocence', and theories of reform. Each issue is placed within a multi-disciplinary perspective to provide cogent observations and recommendations for the effective handling of these cases, and for what changes should be adopted in order to improve the American criminal justice system when it is faced with its most harrowing sight: an innocent defendant.
Categories: Law

Overturning Wrongful Convictions

Overturning Wrongful Convictions

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. New York: Doubleday, 2012. Innocence Project. This is the official website of the Innocence Project, affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School ...

Author: Elizabeth A. Murray

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9781467763073

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 120

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Imagine being wrongfully convicted of a crime and spending years behind bars. Since 1989 more than 1,400 Americans who experienced this injustice have been exonerated. Readers will examine real accounts and learn about organizations dedicated to righting these wrongs.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics

Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. New York: Dell, 2012. Scheck, Barry, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer. Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right. New York: New American Library, 2003.

Author: Bruce A. Arrigo

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483346588

Category: Social Science

Page: 1202

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Federal, state, county, and municipal police forces all have their own codes of conduct, yet the ethics of being a police officer remain perplexing and are often difficult to apply in dynamic situations. The police misconduct statistics are staggering and indicate that excessive use of force comprises almost a quarter of misconduct cases, with sexual harassment, fraud/theft, and false arrest being the next most prevalent factors. The ethical issues and dilemmas in criminal justice also reach deep into the legal professions, the structure and administration of justice in society, and the personal characteristics of those in the criminal justice professions. The Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics includes A to Z entries by experts in the field that explore the scope of ethical decision making and behaviors within the spheres of criminal justice systems, including policing, corrections, courts, forensic science, and policy analysis and research. This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features: Entries are authored and signed by experts in the field and conclude with references and further readings, as well as cross references to related entries that guide readers to the next steps in their research journeys. A Reader's Guide groups related entries by broad topic areas and themes, making it easy for readers to quickly identify related entries. A Chronology highlights the development of the field and places material into historical context; a Glossary defines key terms from the fields of law and ethics; and a Resource Guide provides lists of classic books, academic journals, websites and associations focused on criminal justice ethics. Reports and statistics from such sources as the FBI, the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court are included in an appendix. In the electronic version, the Reader's Guide, index, and cross references combine to provide effective search-and-browse capabilities. The Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics provides a general, non-technical yet comprehensive resource for students who wish to understand the complexities of criminal justice ethics.
Categories: Social Science

Grace and Justice on Death Row

Grace and Justice on Death Row

Grisham, John, “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town,” Dell 2012. Grissom, Brandi, “Psychologist Who Cleared Death Row Inmates is Reprimanded,” The New York Times, April 14, 2011. Gross, Samuel, et. al., “Rate of False ...

Author: Brian W. Stolarz

Publisher: Skyhorse + ORM

ISBN: 9781510715127

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

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The chilling Washington Post bestseller of an innocent death row inmate—with a foreword by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. Grace and Justice on Death Row tells the story of Alfred Dewayne Brown, a man who spent over twelve years in prison (ten of them on Texas’ infamous Death Row) for a high-profile crime he did not commit, and his lawyer, Brian Stolarz, who dedicated his career and life to secure his liberty. The book chronicles Brown’s extraordinary journey to freedom against very long odds, overcoming unscrupulous prosecutors, corrupt police, inadequate defense counsel, and a broken criminal justice system. Grace and Justice on Death Row also addresses many issues facing the criminal justice system and capital punishment—race, class, adequate defense counsel, intellectual disability—and proposes reforms. “Grace and Justice on Death Row isn’t just about how our broken system almost broke another decent man. More than that, it’s a moving story of a unique brotherhood that’s formed when a corporate lawyer with his faith bitterly tested literally saves another man’s life.” —Craig Melvin, MSNBC news anchor and Today show national correspondent “Brian Stolarz’s nuanced account of how he proved the innocence of a man on Death Row provided crucial insight into the terrible injustices of the American death penalty process. But at its core, this is a tale of one man’s unwavering faith in another human being” —The Washington Post
Categories: Social Science

Crime Writers A Research Guide

Crime Writers  A Research Guide

... 163 Indemnity Only (Paretsky), 118 Indigo Slam (Crais), 37 Injustice for All (Jance), 83 Innes, Michael, 106 Innocent (Turow), 159 Innocent Blood (James), 80 The Innocent Man." Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (Grisham), ...

Author: Elizabeth Haynes

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781591589198

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

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This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources. • A timeline of major authors and events in the development of the crime fiction genre • Read-alike sections listing other authors whose works are similar in style or theme to those of ten major authors included in the book • Lists of major organizations and awards in the field of crime literature • A bibliography of online and print sources for biographical and critical information about crime genre authors
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Executing Freedom

Executing Freedom

John Grisham, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (New York: Doubleday, 2006). 49. Jonathan Simon, Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford: ...

Author: Daniel LaChance

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226583181

Category: History

Page: 275

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In the mid-1990s, as public trust in big government was near an all-time low, 80% of Americans told Gallup that they supported the death penalty. Why did people who didn’t trust government to regulate the economy or provide daily services nonetheless believe that it should have the power to put its citizens to death? That question is at the heart of Executing Freedom, a powerful, wide-ranging examination of the place of the death penalty in American culture and how it has changed over the years. Drawing on an array of sources, including congressional hearings and campaign speeches, true crime classics like In Cold Blood, and films like Dead Man Walking, Daniel LaChance shows how attitudes toward the death penalty have reflected broader shifts in Americans’ thinking about the relationship between the individual and the state. Emerging from the height of 1970s disillusion, the simplicity and moral power of the death penalty became a potent symbol for many Americans of what government could do—and LaChance argues, fascinatingly, that it’s the very failure of capital punishment to live up to that mythology that could prove its eventual undoing in the United States.
Categories: History