THE SMOKING GUN Day by Day Through a Shocking Murder Trial with Gerry Spence

Author: Spence (Gerry)
Year: 2003
Publisher: Scribner
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: NrF/F
ISBN: 9780743246965
Price: 8.00
Hardback. A riveting account of a trial that adeptly exposes the unrelenting power of the state, which so often crushes those - guilty or innocent - who come before the bar of justice. When Sandy Jones and her teenage son were accused of murdering a real estate developer on their hardscrabble Oregon farm, the prosecution had an eyewitness to the shooting and a photograph of Sandy holding a smoking rifle. County officials kept Sandy in jail while they awaited the trial, despite ballistic evidence that strongly suggested she hadn't fired the fatal shot. The case erupted into an epic struggle between Sandy - who was poor, different, and a woman - and the "good old boys" of Lincoln County, Oregon, who held all the power. Though the Joneses' guilt seemed eminently clear to the county and the prosecution, the author, renowned for his work on the cases of Karen Silkwood and Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, took the case pro bono and the courtroom battle exploded into 3yrs of intensely moving jury trials, recounted here from the record of the case. Illus. + Index. 435pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. V.v. lightly browned pp. o/w Nr. F. in F. dw.


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