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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Former federal prosecutor, death penalty appellate lawyer, and best-selling novelist Turow (Presumed Innocent) provides a thoughtful account of the evolution of his views on the death penalty. Most of ... Read full review

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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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