Mean Justice: A Town's Terror, a Prosecutor's Power, a Betrayal of Innocence

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Simon & Schuster, 1999 - True Crime - 491 pages
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Imagine being charged, tried, and convicted of murdering the person you love most in the world, sentenced to life in prison without parole -- but you are innocent. Although there is no credible evidence against you, the sheriff, the district attorney, and powerful politicians in your community do everything in their power to manufacture a case to keep you behind bars.

Mean Justice tells the true story of one such person and of the town deep in the heartland of California that made his nightmare -- and many others -- a reality. Acclaimed journalist Edward Humes uncovers the poignant story of one man's battle against false evidence and official misconduct in a town without pity, where a shocking number of innocents have been wrongly' convicted. It is a story at once deeply personal yet sweeping in scope, for this dramatic account of injustice illustrates a disturbing national trend, in which innocence has become an unintended casualty of the war on crime, and where the immense new powers of prosecutors -- from Main Street to Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue -- remain dangerously unchecked.

As taut and exciting as a John Grisham novel, this is peerless non-fiction, exposing a gaping tear in the current national fabric. Not for decades have American cities enjoyed such low crime rates. But at what price? Humes provides an answer that is both compelling and frightening.

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MEAN JUSTICE: A Town's Terror, a Prosecutor's Power, a Betrayal of Innocence

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Grippingly written, compellingly told, Mean Justice makes other tales on the miscarriage of justice look like pleasant little fairy tales. In the legal world crafted by the founders of the ... Read full review

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A book about an innocent person convicted because of manufactured evidence, prosecutorial misconduct, and withheld information is usually fiction. Unfortunately, this is nonfiction. The setting is ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Edward Humes is the author of ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Eco Barons, Monkey Girl, Over Here, School of Dreams, Baby E.R., Mean Justice, No Matter How Loud I Shout, and the bestseller Mississippi Mud. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and numerous awards for his books. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and Sierra. He lives in California.

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