By Laura Caldwell
Recalling the good muckrakers of the previous, an outraged group of America’s best-selling writers unite to confront the failures of wrongful convictions.
Wrongful convictions, lengthy considered as statistical anomalies in an differently sound justice method, now look with scary regularity. yet few humans comprehend simply how or why they ensue and, extra very important, the immeasurable outcomes that frequently hang-out the fortunate few who're acquitted, years once they are confirmed innocent.
Now, during this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their tales to a roster of high-profile secret and mystery writers―including Lee baby, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan―while one other exoneree’s case is explored in a formerly unpublished essay by way of mythical playwright Arthur Miller. An awesome and targeted collaboration, those tales endure witness to the terrific tales of blameless women and men who have been convicted of significant crimes and solid into the maw of an unlimited and deeply improper American felony justice method ahead of ultimately, and miraculously, being exonerated.
Introduced through best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, those grasp storytellers seize the tragedy of wrongful convictions as by no means prior to and problem readers to confront the restrictions and cruel realities of the yank felony justice method. Lee baby tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively examine the burgeoning box of DNA checking out, carefully hoping that it held the foremost to his acquittal―until he ultimately turned the 1st individual to be exonerated from dying row in line with DNA facts. pass judgement on John Sheldon and writer Gayle Lynds workforce as much as proportion Audrey Edmunds’s event elevating her youngsters lengthy distance from her criminal mobile. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her trip from that fateful "knock at the door" and the preliminary surprise of accusation to the scars she includes today.
Together, the strong tales accrued in the Anatomy of Innocence aspect each element of the adventure of wrongful conviction, in addition to the outstanding depths of patience sustained through each one exoneree who by no means misplaced hope.
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To add power to the voices of these exemplary exonerees, we asked highly skilled mystery and thriller writers—all students of the criminal justice system and how it affects those caught up in it—to tell the exonerees’ stories. Writers have long aligned with causes. In the late nineteenth century, Émile Zola stood up for Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Later, Arthur Conan Doyle championed George Edalji, Oscar Slater and Sir Roger Casement. In the 1950s, Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason, created the “Court of Last Resort” to take up the cases of those whom the justice system had failed.
King’s heartbreakingly intimate account of a judge privately urging Ray Towler to plead guilty. There’s Brad Parks’s rendering of the agony of a juror who tried to hold out before voting to convict an innocent Michael Evans to John Sheldon and Gayle Lynds’s take on the humiliation Audrey Edmunds endured while endlessly trying to clear her name; from John Mankiewicz capturing Jerry Miller’s instant transformation from sex offender to media star on the day of his exoneration to Phillip M. Margolin drawing on his vast experience as a litigator to describe the profound experience of William Dillon becoming his own counsel.
His father was a Chicago native, but his mother had come to Chicago from Louisiana in the 1950s, part of the second Great Migration, looking for a better life for themselves and their children. David’s mother had only a second-grade education, but she and her husband built a successful restaurant and catering business, preparing some of Chicago’s best soul food. David’s parents also provided a way station on what David calls a second underground railroad. As African Americans fled lynch mobs, forcible property seizures, rape, murder—and segregation—in the South, the Bates family provided a place to sleep while the new arrivals got on their feet.