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The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Helen Prejean 

 

 
 
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Slide 1: The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Helen Prejean Innocent People Are Framed And Executed! Since the 1993 publication of her memoir Dead Man Walking and the 1995 film it inspired, Sister Helen Prejean has become a powerful and articulate presence in the fight against the death penalty in America. In The Death of Innocents, Prejean focuses her argument on the ways in which an unjust system may be killing innocent people. She tells the story of two inmates she came to know as a spiritual adviser. Dobie Williams, a poor black man with an IQ of 65 from rural Louisiana, was executed after being represented by incompetent counsel and found guilty by an all-white jury based mostly on conjecture and speculation. Joseph ODell was convicted of murder after the court heard from an inmate who later admitted to giving false testimony for his own benefit. ODell received neither an evidentiary hearing nor potentially exculpatory DNA testing and was executed, insisting on his innocence the whole while. Besides exploring the shaky
Slide 2: cases against them, Prejean describes in vivid detail the thoughts and feelings of Williams and ODell as their bids for clemency fail and they are put to death. The second part of the book details the machinery of death, the legal process that Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, dismayed at the inequities of the death penalty, cited as his reason for resigning and that current justice Antonin Scalia has boasted of being a part of. Prejean is impassioned as she describes what she sees as an arrogant attitude by both Scalia and the contemporary judicial system. Her chance confrontation with Scalia at an airport is a gripping collision of disparate worlds. In recent years, DNA testing has overturned the convictions of scores of prisoners, including many on death row. As the death penalty is increasingly called into question, Sister Helen Prejean will surely be a force in that debate. --John Moe Personal Review: The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Helen Prejean Abolitionists (against capital punishment) have known empirically that innocent people have been, and still are, framed, convicred of capital murder, and executed. YES, INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE EXECUTED. In this book, Sister Helen Prejean discusses actual cases where this has happened. Now an expert in the field, Sister Helen, talks about real cases, so her book proves what we have supposed for many years. It's written for the American people to read, and to learn that it is WRONG to execute people for crimes, especially if there is doubt about their innocence or guilt. In particular, Sister Helen presents cases in which the trial lawyer and/or appeal lawyer actually sabotage the client's case because they didn't like him/her or believed he was guilty, or are just too lazy to prepare a case properly. The PROSECUTOR's job is to assume the accused is guilty, and to try and prove that to the court. The defense counsel's job is to support the belief that his client is NOT GUILTY. It is not his job to help the prosecutor prove his (the defense lawyer's) client is guilty. In the case demonstrated in this book, she shows us the worst possible scenario: both trial lawyer and appeal lawyer deliberately sabotaged the case of an innocent man, and he was executed. This is not "American Justice" as we imagine it to be. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Helen Prejean 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

   
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