Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty

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Picador, 2004 - Capital punishment - 164 pages
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As a pioneer of the modern legal novel and a criminal lawyer, Scott Turow has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office.

Along the way, he provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment, analyzes the potent reasons for and against it, including the role of the victims' survivors, and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber.

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Review: Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty

User Review  - Janice Elmore - Goodreads

I would have given this book five stars, but there was a chapter that prattled on about one of his other books. It wasn't pertinent to the point of his book, and generally seemed to be a shameless ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Mccormack - Goodreads

Scott Turow writes very clearly.I tried to keep an open mind,and was pleased that Turow presented a fair,balanced argument.I've read One L(non-fiction)as well as several of his novels.He's writing is vastly superior to that of John Grisham. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Scott Turow is the world-famous author of six best-selling novels about the law, from Presumed Innocent (1987) to Reversible Errors (2002), which centres on a death penalty case. He lives with his family outside Chicago where he is partner in the firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

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