Convicting the Innocent: Death Row and America's Broken by Stanley Cohen

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By Stanley Cohen

“A landmark within the struggle opposed to the dying penalty. generally researched and brilliantly written . . . the inaccurate males is a gem.” Martin Garbus, felony safeguard attorney

Every day, blameless males throughout the USA are thrown into legal, betrayed via a defective justice procedure, and robbed in their lives—either via decades-long sentences or the loss of life penalty itself. Injustice tarnishes our felony technique from begin to end. From the racial discrimination and violence utilized by backwards legislation enforcement officials, to a jail tradition that breeds inmate clash, there's chance for blunders at each turn.

Award-winning journalist Stanley Cohen chronicles over 100 of those situations, from the 1973 case of the 1st ever dying row exoneree, David Keaton, to a number of instances as of 2015 that resulted from the corrupt practices of NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella (with approximately seventy Brooklyn situations less than evaluation for wrongful conviction). within the wake of those unjust convictions, grassroots businesses, households, and seasoned bono legal professionals have battled this rampant wrongdoing. Cohen unearths how eyewitness errors, jailhouse snitch testimony, racism, junk technology, prosecutorial misconduct, and incompetent assistance have populated America’s prisons with the innocent.

Readers embark on trips with males who have been arrested, convicted, sentenced to lifestyles in legal or loss of life, dragged throughout the appeals procedure, and eventually let loose in response to their genuine innocence. even though those tales finish with vindication, there are those who have ended with unjustified execution. Convicting the Innocent is bound to gasoline controversy over a justice process that has brought the final word punishment approximately a thousand instances seeing that 1976, notwithstanding it can't warrantly actual convictions.

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