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xiii, 243 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
How is it possible for an innocent man to come within nine days of execution? "An Expendable Man" answers that question through detailed analysis of the case of Earl Washington Jr., a mentally retarded, black farm hand who spent almost 18 years in Virginia prisons - 9 1/2 of them on death row - for a murder he did not commit. The book reveals the relative ease with which individuals who live at society's margins can be wrongfully convicted and the extraordinary difficulty of correcting such a wrong once it occurs. Washington was freed in February 2001 not because of the legal and judicial systems, but in spite of them. Anyone who doubts that innocent men have been executed in America should remember the remarkable series of events necessary to save Earl Washington from such a fate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814722220 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-382-01, LAW-580-01