In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases

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UPNE, 1994 - Social Science - 399 pages
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Few errors made by society can compare with the horror of executing a person wrongly convicted of a crime. This sobering book, which includes an expanded preface, tells the personal stories of over 400 innocent Americans convicted of capital crimes. Some were actually executed; most suffered years of incarceration, many on death row.
  

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In spite of innocence: erroneous convictions in capital cases

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Similar in style and content to Martin Yant's Presumed Guilty ( LJ 3/15/91), this book reviews cases of persons wrongly convicted of crimes carrying the death penalty. It elaborates upon the important ... Read full review

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Very interesting look at criminal justice, history, and capital punishment. The writing wasn't great but it was extremely interesting and informative. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Parti BEARING FALSE WITNESS
18
Partll PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
77
A Smear of Blood and Paint
141
Gullible Police and a Vulnerable Suspect
157
Wrong Place Wrong Time
176
Guilty at First Sight
197
The Luck of the Draw
218
Its a Scar Thats Been Placed on Me
235
Even Experts Make Mistakes
253
Conclusion
271
Inventory of Cases
282
Glossary of Legal Terms
357
Bibliography
379
8 5
398
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About the author (1994)

CONSTANCE E. PUTNAM is a independent scholar and writer who specializes in medical history and medical ethics. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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