THE DEATH PENALTY ON TRIAL. Crisis in American Justice

Author: Kurtis (Bill)
Year: 2004
Publisher: Public Affairs
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9781586481698
Price: 10.00
Hardback. The author, an investigative TV journalist, used to support the death penalty. But after observing the machinations of the American justice system for 30yrs. he came to a stunning realisation that changed his life: capital punishment is wrong. There can be no real justice in America until it is abolished. The author takes the reader on his remarkable investigative journey yet, revisiting two harrowing murder scenes, studying the evidence, and exploring the tactical decisions made before and during trial, which sent two innocent men to death row. Through these cases, we encounter the eight main reasons why the wrong people are condemned to death, includinmg overzealous and dishonest prosecutors, corrupt policemen, unreliable witnesses and expert witnesses, incompetent defence attorneys, biased judges, and jailhouse informants. We see why the new jewel of forensic science, DNA, is revealing more than innocence and guilt, opening a window into the criminal justice system that could touch off a revolution of reform. Ultimately we come to a remarkable conclusion: the possibility for error in the justice system is simply too great to allow the death penalty to stand as an ultimate punishment. Cases featured : Ray Krone and Thomas Kimbell. With Index. 218pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in f. dw.


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