Anatomy of Innocence

Anatomy of Innocence

Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted

Book - 2017
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Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers--including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan--while another exoneree's case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal--until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds's experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, c2017
ISBN: 9781631490880
Branch Call Number: 343.1 Anat
Characteristics: xxxii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Klinger, Leslie S.
Caldwell, Laura


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Jul 14, 2017

An incredible book and too short, by far, but even as short as it is, it still is one brutal read!
A further reminder of just how many crooked cops, crooked prosecutors, crooked attorneys and crooked judges are out there. [Never heard of that Richard Speck prison incident before, Holy Mother of . . . .!]
Speaking of crooked prosecutors, some doofus on one of those [Koch brothers-financed] PRI shows on NPR - - the other night - - claimed that Robert Mueller, present special prosecutor, was an outstanding prosecutor?!?!?
Mueller was such an // outstanding prosecutor \\ in Boston he cost federal taxpayers $100 million when he and the FBI collaborated with the Whitey Bulger Gang there to convict some innocent men, later exonerated and compensated with that $100 million!
Speaking of multiple bad prosecutors and enemies of national security - - Robert Mueller and James Comey - - stalwart patriotic Real American and former FBI agent, Coleen Rowley - - has some choice words on them:
[Agents Rowley and Sinder worked most industriously to try to prevent 9/11, but FBI H.Q. overrode them at each and every step - - Messrs. Frasca and Maltbie, the guilty parties, were later promoted, of course, by Robert Mueller!]
This book once again reminds us of fraudulent // experts \\ used in court cases to dishonestly convict, including so-called experts who - - a few years down the line - - turn out to have been not so expert after all!
This morning on 7/13/2017, the feds arrested 56 doctors for drug dealing and healthcare fraud - - wonder if any of them ever testified as expert witnesses to convict the innocent?
Albano was appalled that, later that same year, Mueller was appointed FBI director, because it was Mueller, first as an assistant US attorney then as the acting US attorney in Boston, who wrote letters to the parole and pardons board throughout the 1980s opposing clemency for the four men framed by FBI lies.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Jul 01, 2017

I’m not really sure what to say about this book except it made me incredibly ANGRY and broke my heart at the same time. Eleven stories of men and women who were wrongly convicted & imprisoned. How did this happen? Why does this keep happening? How many people are currently imprisoned yet are innocent???

Yes….I’m still reeling from reading it….I highly highly recommend this one!

May 01, 2017

This book is a should read for everyone. The pertinent themes are many but the main ones are
1. Police misconduct relating to young black men
2. The ability of the innocently convicted to hold out hope and work towards obtaining their freedom through a system that gives little hope to those once convicted no matter how many injustices brought them to that point.
3. Project Innocence who relies on volunteers to work on the innocently convicted
people's behalf.
4. Family to support the convicted souls during their incarceration and release.
Why aren't there government remedies for reconsidering cases sooner and providing good defense lawyers? Why aren't more DNA test being done on evidence sitting in storage? Why isn't there compensation and community support for those who have been released?
Many heartbreaking tales in this book but plenty of information as to how some of these could have been remedied.

Feb 28, 2017

The stories of the exonerees in the book are heartbreaking, and then miscarriages.of justice severe. While the idea of having mystery authors write each individual story is great, the stories ae simply too short -- I feel as though each of the people profiled deserve more, and I longed to know more about each of them.


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