Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town

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Bantam Books, 1996 - True Crime - 496 pages
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Pete Earley's "The Hot House" gave America a riveting, uncompromising look at the nation's most notorious prison--the federalpenitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas--a book that "Kirkus Reviews" called a "fascinating white-knuckle tour of hell, brilliantly reported." Now Earley shows us a different, even more intimate viewof justice--and injustice--American-style.

In Monroeville, Alabama, in the fall of 1986, a pretty junior college student was found murdered in the back of the dry cleaning shop where she worked. Several months later, Walter "Johnny D."McMillian, a black man with no criminal record, was tried, convicted, andsentenced to death for the crime. As McMillian sat in his cell on Alabama'sdeath row, a young black lawyer named Bryan Stevenson took up his owninvestigation into the murder of Ronda Morrison. Finding a trial tainted byprocedural mistakes, conflicting eyewitness accounts, and outright perjury, hewas determined to see McMillian go free--even if it took the mostunconventional means...

Earley's reporting has the bracing flavor of fiction, as if he were amasterly novelist displaying his imagination in a crime thriller."
-- "The Washington Post"

"Mr. Earley tells the story skillfully, weaving together interviewmaterial, investigators' reports and courtroom testimony to show how the systemslowly, inexorably tightened a noose around Mr. McMillian's neck. "Circumstantial Evidence" leaves readers outraged."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"

"A wonderful story. The new "To Kill a Mockingbird.""
--Gerry Spence, author of "How to Argue and Win Every Time"

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Pete Early lives near Washington, D.C.

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