Dead Wrong: A Death Row Lawyer Speaks Out Against Capital Punishment

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1997 - Law - 393 pages
After fourteen years as a death row lawyer in Florida, Michael Mello has seen enough. Dead Wrong is a candid and compelling account of his decision to withdraw from "the machinery of death" - the American capital punishment system. Telling stories of cases he worked on - including those of confessed serial killer Ted Bundy and of "Crazy Joe" Spaziano, wrongly convicted but still on death row after twenty years - Mello provides an inside view of death row lawyering as no one has done before. He describes how he and others fought to make the post-conviction system work, ensuring inmates the right to a fair appeal. Alternately impassioned, angry, and haunted by the victims, crimes, and criminals, Mello draws us into the legal maze of appeals, death warrants, stays of execution, and executions. Though Mello is unflinching in his recognition of the brutal realities of capital crimes, his book is a powerful indictment of the death penalty enterprise in America. He is appalled at the lack of vigilance in a system that routinely punishes guilty and innocent alike. And, practicing in Florida, he saw the state's death penalty cost to taxpayers rise to an estimated average $3.2 million per execution - six times the average cost of life imprisonment.

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In a season busy with books about the death penalty, here is an idiosyncratic, almost experimental, but authoritative personal critique of the nation's system of capital punishment. Mello is a former ... Read full review

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Sorry about ur loss but the way I hear the story it's believed the step father did it an everyone pointed fingers don't get me wrong if he did this then he needs to be where he's at but if not it isn't fair an innocent family ripped apart an a killer still free who ever did this if not him has killed again or will an still this man will be here I didn't know him I read the book talked to everyone in my family I don't see a man with children an a wife killer someone else's children he has 3 of his own he wasn't an angry person I feel for this family I do. I believe pedifiles need to die but in this case I believe no one did their jobs 

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Michael A. Mello formerly worked full time as a capital public defender in Florida and is now professor of law at Vermont Law School. He is the author of Against the Death Penalty: The Relentless Dissents of Justices Brennan and Marshall.

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