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The Innocent Man : Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (original: 2006; edição: 2006)

de John Grisham

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John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits-- drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.… (mais)
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Título:The Innocent Man : Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
Autores:John Grisham
Informação:Century (2006), Paperback
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The Innocent Man de John Grisham (2006)

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Grisham details the life and trial of an innocent man. It is not a reassuring story for those who have faith in our judicial/enforcement organizations. ( )
  addunn3 | Nov 22, 2020 |
Op 7 december 1982 wordt de 21-jarige serveerster Debbie Carter in haar appartement vermoord. De politie, die vrijwel geen aanwijzingen heeft, staat onder grote druk om snel de dader of daders te vinden. Een soortgelijke moordzaak die het kleine plaatsje Ada in de staat Oklahoma in rep en roer bracht, is immers nooit opgelost.

Ron Williamson, een aan lagerwal geraakte lokale sportheld, is een van de laatsten die Debbie levend hebben gezien. Tenminste, dat beweert een getuige. Williamson wordt gearresteerd, berecht en veroordeeld. Het vonnis: de doodstraf.

En zo komt Williamson terecht in een van de meest mensonterende gevangenissen van de Verenigde Staten: de dodencel van de McAlester-gevangenis. In een kleine cel, diep onder grond, zonder ramen of frisse lucht, vecht Williamson jarenlang een juridische strijd tegen het onrecht dat hem is aangedaan. Zijn veroordeling is het gevolg van een aaneenschakeling van blunders, leugens en valse verklaringen van de kant van justitie en de politie. Want Ron Williamson heeft niets met de moord te maken. Maar de dag van zijn executie komt steeds dichterbij…
  Lin456 | Oct 21, 2020 |
E Book. Read this before and missed recording it. Overly detailed. ( )
  MustangGuy | Jun 13, 2020 |
This is a disgusting and appalling book, not in the sense of the book & its writing, but rather the contents.

Whilst it would be better named The Innocent Men as it contains the course of events surrounding 2 cases involving 4 men, it primarily deals with the cases of Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz who were wrongly convicted of the 1982 murder and rape of Debra Carter. They spent 12 years in prison after being convicted in a case that to an independent observer should have never made it to the courthouse.

The actions of the police and prosecution within this book are nothing short of disgusting and appalling. As the book continues you find yourself being immensely infuriated by the actions of those who are meant to act for the benefit of society at large, who instead for their own vanity choose to railroad innocent men into convictions. Rather than admit that they have no solved the cases, they instead choose the 'best' people to pin it on and manipulate and conceal evidence to ensure their convictions.

Then, just as you think things might be heading in the right direction the ending is solemn and a definite downer, Ron Williamson may not have been the best person but he certainly did not deserve what the legal system did to him.

An excellent non fiction crime book. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 5, 2020 |
John Grisham writing non-fiction? That's worth a try. And, worth my time. The well researched, well presented, well reported story is astonishing in its facts. That the criminal justice system could be so egregiously inept and/or corrupt is disheartening. And this is only the story of a few men.....how many more people are unjustly incarcerated because of a broken system? There were more than a few times when I wanted to slam the book shut and throw it across the room at my feeling of helplessness against "the man".

This is an interesting tale of the justice system gone very wrong, mental illness, a family who never gives up, and a man who never got a break. Told in an easy to read, reporterly style, Grisham lays out the facts and lays bare a sad story.

Recommended. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
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It’s true in some cosmic sense that the story of every life has value, but not to the writer of nonfiction. Writers of nonfiction narratives learn to pick their subjects with care, because some true stories are much, much more interesting than others. In this case, John Grisham could have conjured up a better story on his own.
adicionado por stephmo | editarNew York Times, Edward Lewine (Dec 10, 2006)
 
When Grisham gets into what happened to Williamson and company during their prison stay, The Innocent Man finds its purpose. In describing the wretched food, poor ventilation, and abusive guards—all factors that led to Oklahoma prisons being condemned by Amnesty International—Grisham makes clear exactly what's at stake when the state sends the wrong man to jail.
adicionado por stephmo | editarAV Club, Noel Murray (Dec 7, 2006)
 
Grisham is a great storyteller and a fine, no-nonsense writer. He has a well-honed attention to detail. He doesn't degenerate into cliches and he has a natural sense of dramatic structure that ensures the book has a compelling forward momentum.
adicionado por stephmo | editarSydney Morning Herald, Elder Bruce (Nov 21, 2006)
 
John Grisham here crosses the line from fiction to non-fiction. And it's hard to tell the difference. His prose is still lean and fast-paced and his skilful sketches capture all you need to know about the characters. He explains courtroom procedure and precedent in a simple style that allows a layman to follow the legal labyrinth. Even the plot would fit comfortably between the covers of one of his earlier books, except this story is true.
adicionado por stephmo | editarDaily Telegraph, Raymond Seitz (Nov 5, 2006)
 
Grisham is a great storyteller but an uninspired writer — he has none of Capote's weird, stark lyricism — but his spare, direct style serves him well here. He expertly dissects each judicial and constitutional outrage with cool precision.
adicionado por stephmo | editarSeattle Times, Andrea Simakis (Oct 12, 2006)
 

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John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits-- drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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