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Executed on a Technicality: Lethal Injustice on America's Death Rowby David R. Dow
Synopses & Reviews
When David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty. He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured: from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers; from racist juries and backward judges to a highly arbitrary death penalty system.
It is these concrete accounts of the people Dow has known and represented that prove the death penalty is consistently unjust, and it’s precisely this fundamental—and lethal—injustice, Dow argues, that should compel us to abandon the system altogether.
“An honorably dispassionate and logical broadside against a shameful practice.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Dow reveals the dirty little secret of American death-penalty litigation: procedure trumps innocence . . . [His book] is insightful and full of the kinds of revelations that may lead readers to reconsider their stand on the death penalty.” —Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune
“Dow’s book leaves all else behind. It is powerful, direct, informative, and told in compelling human terms. He makes us see that the issue is not sentiment or retribution or even innocence. It is justice.” —Anthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize–winning former columnist for the New York Times
David R. Dow is professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and an internationally recognized figure in the fight against the death penalty. He is the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network and has represented more than thirty death row inmates. Regularly quoted in publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post, Dow lives in Houston, Texas.
Asserts that death sentences are indicative of the economic status of the accused rather than the nature of the crime and shares stories of coerced confessions, incompetent lawyers, and innocent prisoners.
Table of Contents
The execution of Carl Johnson — Cesar Fierro's coerced confession — Johnny Joe Martinez's fatal five minutes — Some are released, others are executed — Innocence is not enough — Interlude : why innocence matters — How the rule of law became mob rule.
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