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Death and Justice: An Expose of Oklahoma's Death Row Machine
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Controversy rages about capital punishment as innocent men and women are being released from death rows all over the country. Into the debate steps Mark Fuhrman, America's most famous detective, and no stranger to controversy himself.
Are innocent people being executed? Are death penalty cases being investigated and tried as if someone's life depended on it? Is capital punishment justice or revenge?
Fuhrman seeks to answer these questions by investigating the death penalty in Oklahoma, a place where a "hang 'em high" attitude of cowboy justice resulted in twenty-one executions in 2001, more than in any other state in the nation. The majority of these death penalty cases came from one jurisdiction, Oklahoma County, where legendary district attorney Bob Macy bragged about sending more people to death row than any other prosecutor, and police chemist Joyce Gilchrist was eventually fired for mismanaging the crime lab. These two figures loom large in Fuhrman's investigation.
Examining police records, trial transcripts, and appellate decisions, and conducting hundreds of interviews, Fuhrman focuses his considerable investigative skills on more than a dozen of the most controversial Oklahoma death penalty cases, including two in which innocent men nearly lost their lives.
When he began Death and Justice, Mark Fuhrman was a firm believer in the death penalty. What he saw in Oklahoma changed his mind. It may change yours.
"While his discussions of the ethical complexities of executions are unsophisticated, Fuhrman's book makes for an engrossing read." Publishers Weekly
Book News Annotation:
Continuing his efforts to parlay his involvement in the O.J. Simpson trial into a career as an author, former Los Angeles Police Detective Fuhrman examines a number of death penalty cases and comes to the surprising conclusion (for those who know his history) that the death penalty is unfair and should be abolished. Figuring prominently in the discussion are Oklahoma County district attorney Bob Macy, a fervent advocate of the death penalty, and police chemist Joyce Gilchrist, fired for mismanagement of the crime lab, but only after submitting crucial evidence in numerous death penalty cases.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
One of America's most famous detectives and the bestselling author of "Murder in Greenwich and "Murder in Brentwood, Mark Fuhrman focus his investigative skills on the death penalty in Oklahoma, the state with the highest number of executions in 2001.
Investigates the cases of more than a dozen death-row inmates in Oklahoma, challenging the state's justice system through a critical examination of police records, trial transcripts, and appellate decisions.
About the Author
Mark Fuhrman is a retired Los Angles polices detective and was a witness in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Murder in Brentwood, Murder in Greenwich and Murder in Spokane. He lives in Idaho.
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