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A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Greenby Thomas Cahill
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On October 26, 2004, Dominique Green, thirty, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Arrested at the age of eighteen in the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery outside a Houston convenience store, Green may have taken part in the robbery but always insisted that he did not pull the trigger. The jury, which had no African Americans on it, sentenced him to death. Despite obvious errors in the legal procedures and the protests of the victims family, he spent the last twelve years of his life on Death Row.
When Cahill found himself in Texas in December 2003, he visited Dominique at the request of Judge Sheila Murphy, who was working on the appeal of the case. In Dominique, he encountered a level of goodness, peace, and enlightenment that few human beings ever attain. Cahill joined the fierce fight for Dominiques life, even enlisting Dominiques hero, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to make an historic visit to Dominique and to plead publicly for mercy. Cahill was so profoundly moved by Dominiques extraordinary life that he was compelled to tell the tragic story of his unjust death at the hands of the state.
A Saint on Death Row will introduce you to a young man whose history, innate goodness, and final days you will never forget. It also shines a necessary light on Americas racist and deeply flawed legal system. A Saint on Death Row is an absorbing, sobering, and deeply spiritual story that illuminates the moral imperatives too often ignored in the headlong quest for justice.
On October 26, 2004, Dominique Green, thirty, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Arrested at age eighteen in the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery outside a Houston convenience store, Green admitted to taking part in the robbery, but he insisted he did not pull the trigger. The jury, which had no African Americans on it, sentenced him to death. Despite obvious errors in the legal procedures and the protests of the victim’s family, he spent the last twelve years of his life on death row.
In A SAINT ON DEATH ROW, Thomas Cahill traces Green’s life from a childhood marked by poverty, abuse, and violence to his transformation into a mature man of grace and wisdom. During his long confinement, he inspired dozens of fellow prisoners to ask the forgiveness of people they had harmed and to learn to forgive those who had destroyed their own lives. Green's remarkable story elicited the attention of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who paid a rare and dramatic visit to him on death row.
Dominique Green achieved a level of goodness, peace, and enlightenment few human beings attain. In portraying his inspiring journey, Cahill illuminates the moral imperatives too often ignored in the headlong quest for justice.
About the Author
THOMAS CAHILL is the author of five volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. He and his wife, Susan, also a writer, divide their time between New York City and Rome.
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